21-year-old Neelakanta Bhanu Prakash has won the title ‘World’s Fastest Human Calculator’ after winning first-ever gold for India in Mental Calculation World Championship at Mind Sports Olympiad (MSO). Hailing from Hyderabad and a student of Mathematics (Hons.) at Delhi University’s St Stephen College he has broken Shakuntala Devi’s record and Neelakanta holds world records and 50 Limca records for being the fastest human calculator in the world.
“I hold 4 world records and 50 Limca records for being the fastest human calculator in the world. My brain calculates quicker than the speed of a calculator. Breaking these records, once held by Math maestros like Scott Flansburg and Shakuntala Devi, is a matter of national pride. I have done my bit to place India on the global level of mathematics,” Bhanu Prakash told ANI.
Notably, MSO, London was held virtually on August 15 and is deemed to the most prestigious international competition for games of mental skill and mind sports. Neelakanta won a gold medal for India at the MSO.
30 participants up to 57 years of age from 13 countries including UK, Germany, UAE, France Greece and Lebanon participated in the competition. Bhanu Prakash was 65 points ahead of a Lebanese contender and one from the UAE, who bagged the third position.Bhanu Prakash said his vision is to create “VISION Math” labs and reach out to millions of children to make them start loving maths. He also emphasised that the Central Government should recognize the ‘Olympic Gold Medal win in Mental Math and Mind Sports’.
“My vision is to create math labs, reach out to millions of children, under what I call in order to make them start loving math and arithmetic calculations. Three out of every four students who study in the government schools of India have trouble in understanding basic Mathematics. The phobia caused by math and the demotivation is the number two cause for kids opting out of the rural schools in India,” he said.