Twenty-year-old Neelakantha Bhanu is recognized in India and all more than the planet as the “world’s quickest human calculator,” but it was not generally this way.
When Bhanu was 5 years old, he fell from his cousin’s scooter when it was hit by a truck and fractured his skull when his head hit the road.
He required 85 stitches and a number of operations, and he spent practically a year bedridden and recovering from his injuries.
The physicians told Bhanu’s parents his brain function could be impaired for the rest of his life due to the head trauma.
“That accident changed the way I utilised to define exciting, and it is the explanation why I am right here nowadays,” he stated.
Throughout his recovery, Bhanu discovered how to resolve puzzles and play games such as chess to preserve his thoughts active. He sooner or later progressed to math complications.
“I bear in mind the discomfort vividly … this is the most traumatic practical experience I have had in my life,” he recalled. “I couldn’t even go to college for a year. All I had to rely on to get far better had been numbers and puzzles.”
The injury left him with an “ugly” scar, but Bhanu was determined not to let physical appearances get him down.
From the age of 13, he has represented India internationally and broke 4 planet records for quickest human calculation, super subtraction, energy multiplication, and mental math: powers of two and 3.
On August 15, Bhanu became the 1st Asian to win gold at the Mental Calculation Globe Championship that took spot in London at the Thoughts Sports Olympiad (MSO). He is also the 1st non-European competitor to earn the title.
Bhanu has surely accomplished a lot in mental math, but he has turned his efforts into philanthropic efforts, such as eradicating “math phobia.”
In 2018, Bhanu founded Exploring Infinities, a nonprofit aiming to make math cool by tracking cognitive capacity improvement making use of arithmetic games.
As for his future in mental math competitions, Bhanu says he is prepared to hang up his hat.
“I do not want to be the face of mathematics — there are sufficient of these, and they are exceptional. I want to be the face against math phobia. Extremely uncomplicated,” he stated.