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Avatar Tulsi

Tathagat Avatar Tulsi (born September 9, 1987 in Patna, India) is a scientist but is most well known as a child prodigy and holder of a Guinness World Record. He completed high school at the age of nine, earned a B.Sc. at the age of ten and a M.Sc. at the age of twelve. In August 2009, he got his Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Science at the age of 21. His Ph.D. thesis on "Generalizations of the Quantum Search Algorithm" is 33-page long. He has the special distinction of being one of the world's youngest scientists. At the age of 17, he co-authored a research manuscript ("A New Algorithm for Fixed-point Quantum Search") with Lov Grover, the inventor of a quantum search algorithm that goes by his name. This brought him an invitation by Bell Labs.

Tulsi is listed as one of the most gifted Asian youngsters by TIME magazine, mentioned as "Superteen" by SCIENCE, "Physics Prodigy" by The TIMES, "Master Mind" by The WEEK and listed by OUTLOOK as one of the smartest Indian youngsters. Tathagat Avatar Tulsi participated in the Stock Exchange of Visions project of Fabrica, Benetton's research centre in 2007. He was invited by Luciano Benetton for a dinner in honor of Al Gore on Jun. 14, 2007 in Milano, Italy. Tathagat's story was showcased by National Geographic Channel in the program My Brilliant Brain. The episode named "India's Geniuses" was aired on 13 Dec. 07 and was hosted by Bollywood actress Konkona Sen Sharma. A short preview is available at and


Dr. Tulsi worked on quantum search algorithms for his Ph.D. Dr Tulsi at 21 is often claimed by news reporters as the youngest person in India to hold a doctorate. Apparently this claim is unsustainable because Predhiman Kaw obtained his Ph.D. in 1966 at his age of 19 from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. It is claimed that this is the shortest thesis in India. Dubbed a whizkid, and a genius, Dr Tulsi says it was a dream when he picked up his certificate at the Department of Physics at the prestigious Indian Institute of Science. Tulsi said that he planned to set up his own quantum computing company. Some of his research publications are listed below.

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