“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration”, quoted the greatest scientist of all times, Thomas A. Edison. A look at some of India’s child geniuses and prodigies below deftly explains why they are born to achieve and scale greater heights. They are creative, playful, diligent, devoted, and more importantly determined. No wonder, success and fame followed them through.
How about a 12-year old girl outwitting two of the greatest geniuses of the century — physicists Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking? Lydia Sebastian (aged 14 at the time of writing), Indian-origin girl in the UK, scored 162 on a Mensa IQ test, one of the toughest IQ challenges in the world. The paper tested her language skills such as definitions and analogies and her logical thinking. Lydia is a voracious book reader and talented violinist as she has been taking classes since four. Her favourite subjects are physics and chemistry and she wants to make a career in Maths.
Priyanshi Somani (born 1998), dubbed as the human calculator, performs mathematical calculations at lightning speed, faster than an electronic calculator. She is the youngest participant and winner of the Mental Calculation World Cup 2010 in Germany. She has also bagged the “Pogo Amazing Kids Awards 2010” and “International Olympiad of Mathematics in 2008”. She is also a record holder in Limca Book of World Records and World Cup Record holder in calculating square roots. In 2011, she was the Indian Ambassador for the prestigious World Maths Day event. In 2012, Priyanshi Somani turned out to be the new “World Record Holder” in “Mental Square Roots.
Meet the world’s youngest surgeon at 7 having an I.Q. of 146, the highest among any boy of his age in India. Akrit Jaswal, the medical genius, astounded the world by performing a surgery on an eight-year-old girl whose fingers were fused together due to a burn accident and successfully separated her fingers. He is mentored and sponsored by B. R. Rahi, Chairman of Secondary Education in Dharamshala. A science degree at the age of 12 at Chandigarh College, perhaps the youngest ever to do so, and his burning desire to find a remedy for cancer caught world attention.
The nine-year-old boy from the Karnal district in the state of Haryana stumped everybody with his brilliance on a complex subject like Astronomy, supported by his incredible comprehension and recall ability. People who quizzed him on the details of over 195 countries were astounded with his wide range of knowledge in world geography, politics, per capita income, gross domestic product and the economy. He is reported to possess an IQ of about 130, which puts him in the category of “Highly Intelligent”. In 2013, he also appeared as a guest on Amitabh Bachchan’s show “Kaun Banega Crorepati” on Children’s day.
The Chennai-boy Aravindh Chithambaram is just 14, but is regarded by the Chess greats of the country as an exciting prospect. Aravindh, who won the Chennai Open tournament, stunned the world when he beat four Grandmasters and easily sailed home by a clear half-a-point margin; he was seeded 53rd then. Hailing from a poor family, Aravindh lost his father when he was only three. He won the National under-19 championship when he was just 12, and went to bag the silver-medal at the World under-14 championship in 2012.
We are not finished yet. We will follow this up with more Indian child geniuses in the forthcoming post as we approach another fresh new year.