Tathagat Avatar Tulsi – Age 22 – Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai

Tathagat Avatar Tulsi – Age 22 – Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai


Tathagat, according to a dictionary on Hindu names, means a child who has a quick mind with the ability to accomplish a great deal in a short period of time.

Tathagat’s father, Tulsi Narayan Prasad, is now credited with creating a ‘programmed child’ to create a genius son using astrology and eugenics.

Date of Birth: September 9, 1987
High school: Complete at the age of nine
B.Sc. degree: at 10 and M.Sc. degree at 12
Address: live in MIG flat in Kankarbagh in Patna
Classroom study: Never
Teaching jobs offer: Powai College over Waterloo University, Canada and Indian Institute of Science Education & Research (IISER), Bhopal
Age: 22

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“I have never taught in a class. But I believe I can come down to the level of a student and help them understand the subject”

“I am going to write to the Limca Book of Records to include myself as the youngest faculty member in the country”

“I want to pursue my research and at IIT-B, I will have the leisure to continue my research and one day set up a lab focused on quantum computation in our country”

Dr. Tathagat Avatar Tulsi born 9 September 1987 in Patna is an Indian physicist, most well known as a child prodigy. Tulsi completed high school at the age of 9, pocketed a B.Sc. at the age of 10 and a M.Sc. at the age of 12 from Patna Science College -Patna University. In Aug 2009, Tathagat got his Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore at the age of 21. In 2010, he was offered a position as Assistant Professor in IIT Mumbai. Various Indian newspapers claimed that this made him the India’s youngest professor.


Tathagat Tulsi was born in Patna, Bihar. 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 from Patna Science College( Patna University).

Tathagat 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. Tulsi 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.

Tathagat Avatar Tulsi – Childhood in detail:
When I was only 6 year old, I used to do long mathematical calculations very fast and that also without using paper and pen (using only my brain). This gifted talent of fast mental calculation made me popular as “Mathematical Whiz kid” , when it came to the attention of local media. I remember, the first newspaper report on me was published by “Aaj” (a leading Hindi daily in Bihar) on Feb. 14, 1994. Then a little later, Jansatta (a Hindi daily) published a nationwide article about me on it’s front page on May 28, 1994. I started getting assistance and appreciations from all over India out of which, two were significant. Read More:

Dr Tathagat Avatar Tulsi
Dr Tathagat Avatar Tulsi

School life of Tathagat Avatar Tulsi –

I haven’t done much of schooling but whatever I have done, I enjoyed that. I gave my full one-year time to 6th standard, which I did from Holy Heart Public School (HHPS) from Apr.95 – Mar.96. My school was just a few walk steps away from our rented apartment in Mahavir Enclave, New Delhi. I liked this school, its atmosphere, teachers and my classmates cum friends. I don’t know where they are now, but they gave me a very good company. I was under-age at that time. An 8-year old child is not allowed to write Class 6th exams according to rule, but still I wrote the final exams. It was only when my school’s annual function day came somewhere in last week of Mar. 96, I felt that I was really under-age. I did very well in exams but I haven’t got any position when the results were announced. I was surprised. It was an occasion of celebration: Annual function. Everyone was happy except me: completely disappointed and emotional at that time. My all labor got wasted. Later, school authorities said that they can’t promote me to higher standard because I was under-age. They disclosed my result privately to me. Surprise, I topped not only in class but in whole school !! But of no use, nobody knew this fact.
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