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Time Magazine Names 15-Year-Old Indian-American Scientist Gitanjali Rao First Child of the Year | India News


NEW DELHI: Gitanjali Rao, 15, from Colorado, USA, has been selected as the first girl of the year of the year by the American magazine for her innovations and “innovation workshops”, which she conducts throughout the world.
Rao has been selected from a pool of more than 5,000 nominees by the magazine that is known for presenting the profile of a person or group who has done the most to influence the world over the past year.
This year the magazine has also launched an article on “boy of the year”. Rao was interviewed by actress and activist Angelina Jolie for the American magazine.
Rao considers herself a “problem solver” who has worked on issues ranging from contaminated drinking water to cyberbullying.
He won the Discovery Education 3M Scientist Challenge at the age of 11. Forbes also named her “30 Under 30” for her innovations.
At the age of 11, Rao learned of the water crisis in Flint. The City of Flint’s drinking water source became contaminated after authorities switched the Detroit Department of Water and Sewer’s treated water source (from Lake Huron and the Detroit River) to the Flint River, causing an increase massive in lead content in water.
Rao developed a device based on carbon nanotubes to measure the lead content in water. The device was equipped to send contamination information via Bluetooth. He called his device, Tethys.
In September 2018, he received the Environmental Youth Award from the President of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
He wants to study genetics and epidemiology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Times of India