Eight-year-old android developer gets Bal Puraskar award, has a higher IQ than Einstein
A child prodigy is someone who is a master of one or more skills or arts from an early age. He or she has the ability to perform complex tasks that are usually done by adults much older than them.
Just a few days ago, a three-year-old boy from the UK was granted entry into the Mensa club because he learned to read on his own and could count to 100 in seven languages.
Little Teddy Hobbs smashed an IQ test last year to leave his parents baffled. The parents were eventually told that age three was the youngest age of anyone they had accepted into MENSA in the UK.
Now, an Indian child prodigy is making headlines after being felicitated by President Droupadi Murmu with the prestigious Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2023 award.
Rishi Shiv Prasanna, who hails from Bengaluru, received the award for developing 3 Android applications. Mind you, he is just 8.
Notably, he has a verified IQ level of 180, which is higher than that of Albert Einstein and also far above the average benchmark of 130 for highly intelligent individuals.
The 8-year-old developed an interest in coding from the age of five. The three apps he developed are called “IQ Test App" for kids, “Countries of the world" and “CHB."
He runs a YouTube channel, where he shares information on science-related topics.
Like little Teddy Hobbs, even Prasanna is a member of Mensa International, the largest and oldest high-IQ society in the world. He joined the society at the age of 4 years and 5 months.
Mensa is a non-profit organisation open to people who score at the 98th percentile or higher on a standardised, supervised IQ or other approved intelligence test.
Prasanna's entry into the exclusive organisation for the intellectual 'elite' happened because he had learned reading at the early age of two, was able to talk about the solar system at age three, and by five he could read books.
“You can only gain knowledge when you read a lot of books. When you study you get answers to all the questions and there will be no fear in answering any kind of question. If you do not read a book every two hours, then you will be illiterate for the next four hours. I want to be a scientist in the future and wish to contribute to society and the country," he had said last year during an interaction program.