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Bangalore: Youngest PhD and Shortest Thesis


Bangalore: Youngest PhD and shortest thesis

BANGALORE, Aug 31 (TOI): While his classmates struggled to solve a simple mathematical problem, Tathagat Avatar Tulsi would solve it in a jiffy. This child prodigy completed his high school when he was just nine years old.

Continuing the trend, Tulsi completed a doctoral degree at 21 from the physics department, IISc. He has also applied for the `youngest doctorate (PhD) of India' and `shortest PhD thesis' in the Limca Book of Records.

He joined IISc in 2002 when he was barely 15. Then he submitted his thesis on `Generalizations of the quantum search algorithm', which is just 33 pages long.

"Despite the short length, the thesis is innovative enough to qualify as a PhD work. I was always interested in quantum computers and would like to develop software for it. Quantum computers will take us one step ahead in changing the world for the better," Tulsi told TOI.

The thesis is based on his seven research publications in international scientific journals.

Tulsi, who's from Patna, completed a BSc in Physics when he was 10 years old. He finished an MSc in Physics when he was 12 and became a Guinness World Record holder. Notably, he completed his degree and post-graduation courses with 68.5% and 70.5% respectively.

"I never attended any coaching class. I depended on books. Also, I'm good in Mathematics and have a sharp memory. All these helped me," he revealed.

He's also a recipient of national and international awards. He was listed among seven most gifted Asian youngsters by `Time' magazine.

"I believe I have a gift. When I was young and while my friends were struggling to solve mathematical problems, I would solve those easily," Tulsi said. Perhaps, bagging the record for being the youngest PhD holder with the shortest thesis will be as easy for him.


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  • GANARAJ PAVALKODI, MANGALORE

    Tue, Sep 1 2009

    Great !!!! please serve our country India .

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  • hassanmukka, mangalore

    Tue, Sep 1 2009

    Congrats Dr! Tulasi.  You have disaproved that Bihar is the state which has a high illiteracy rate.keep it up.

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  • sharanappa, hyderabad

    Mon, Aug 31 2009

    Dear Dr.Tulasi I congratulate you for the great success.... our country needs men like you... Brother please serve our country..... don''t work for other countries who lure INDIANS by paying dollors....

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  • Harold D''cunha, Manglalore, India

    Mon, Aug 31 2009

    Congratulations Dear Tulsi for this achievement. Our heartfelt desire is please serve our motherland India. Our Country requires talented persons like u. Wish u all the best.

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  • Gangadhar, Bantwal/Dubai

    Mon, Aug 31 2009

    Congratulations......Your are Great..wish you all the best.

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  • RONALD dsouza, udupi

    Mon, Aug 31 2009

    congrats to tulsi really great

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  • george borromeo, angelore, mangalore

    Mon, Aug 31 2009

    PhD at the age of 15 is Fantastic. Dr. Kalam will be proud of this genious. He should be absorbed in DRDO OR NAL OR ISRO. That is our wish.

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  • d. souza, mumbai

    Mon, Aug 31 2009

    Congrats to tulsi ji !! ur hardwork has paid off, when youth of ur age prefer to spend time in games,tv etc. But i sincerely hope u dont get lured away by dollars from US . India needs talented scholars like you to help our country prosper.

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  • munnna, mangalore

    Mon, Aug 31 2009

    NASA must have already planned to pouch you...? I hope you give your service to Indian Researches Any way......... All the Best

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  • MOHSIN AHAMAD, MOODBIDRI

    Mon, Aug 31 2009

    Already Highest IAS officers are from Bihar state, yet another prodigy like TULSI from same state, will add yet another feather for BIHAR state, really commendable efforts from Mr.TULSI.Wish him all the success.Infact if the past Govt would have concentrated on improving education system , imparting compulsory education to all kids I would say BIHAR would have been number 1 state of India on all fronts be it economically, socially.....Its high time Senior politicians realise the potential of BIHAR people.

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  • Arwin, Mangalore

    Mon, Aug 31 2009

    Bravo,  Congrats on having earned a Phd at such a young age. We need scholarly youngsters like you especially in India...I wish you all the very best in the days to come.

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