- After winning the gold medal at the Mint Sports Olympiad held in London, Neelkantha Bhanu Prakash became the fastest human calculator, breaking Shakuntala Devi’s record.
Recently, the late Shakuntala Devi was awarded this title after 40 years by Guinness World Records for the fastest human computation.
Meanwhile, 20-year-old Neelkantha Bhanu Prakash, a resident of Hyderabad, has emerged as the fastest human calculator. A graduate of St. Stephen’s College, Bhanu Prakash won the first gold medal for India at the Mental Count World Championship at the Mind Sports Olympiad (MSO) in London.
Neelkantha Bhanu said, “By beating 29 contestants up to the age of 57 from 13 countries, I won the gold medal with a clear margin of 65 points. The judges were mesmerized by their speed; they required me to calculate what I needed. Asked to do more calculations.”
“I hold four world records and 50 Limca records for being the ‘fastest human calculator’ in the world. My brain calculates faster than the speed of a calculator. Breaking these records created by math experts like Scott Flensburg and Shakuntala Devi is a matter of pride for the country. The magician of Maths said, “It is a matter of national pride. I have done my job to give India a place in mathematics globally.”
The Mint Sports Olympiad (MSO) is the most prestigious international competition for mental skills and mind games which is held every year in London. This year, the competition was held with 30 contestants from the UK, Germany, UAE, France, Greece, and Lebanon.
Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu also congratulated the 20-year-old Bhanu Prakash via Twitter – for winning the title “World’s fastest human calculator at the Mental Count World Championship at the recently held Mind Sports Olympiad in London” and India’s Congratulations to Neelkantha Bhanu Prakash for winning the first gold medal.”
He said, “He has made India proud. My best wishes for all his future endeavors.”
According to the sources, Bhanu Prakash hopes to launch a maths initiative called Vision Math, which will reach millions of Indian children and instill a fondness for the subject. He also hopes that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take the initiative, which he believes will take India back to the “global map of excellence”.