Neelakantha Bhanu Prakash

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Neelakantha Bhanu Prakash
Picture of Neelakantha Bhanu Prakash breaking the World Records.jpg
Born (1999-10-13) October 13, 1999 (age 23)
Other namesFastest Human Calculator
EducationSt. Stephen's College, Delhi (BSc Honours, Mathematics, 2020)
AwardsGold Medalist, Mental Calculation World Championship, Mind Sports Olympiad, Limca Book of Records 2015, 2016 and India's Youth Icon 2020

Neelakantha Bhanu Prakash (born 13 October 1999) is a human calculator from India, and is titled as the "World's Fastest Human Calculator". BBC said "Neelakantha Bhanu Prakash is to math (mental calculation) what Usain Bolt is to running".[1] He won gold in the 2020 Mental Calculation World Championship at Mind Sports Olympiad 2020. He also holds 50 Limca records for his mathematical calculations.[2][3][4]

He is the founder of 'Bhanzu', a math education startup.

In 2022, he featured in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2022 List for heading 'Bhanzu' in the Consumer Technology category

Early life[edit]

Neelakantha Bhanu was born to Srinivas Jonnalagadda and Hema Siva Parvathi in Eluru. In 2005, at the age of five, he met with a head injury that rendered him bedridden for an entire year when he picked up math and calculations.[5] A mathematical whiz kid from early childhood, he began competing in several competitions stating at age five. Neelakantha Bhanu Prakash, a mathematics graduate has bagged many gold medals and has world records for fast arithmetic calculations. He has also won the International Speed Math Champion '13 and National Speed Math Champion '11 & '12, and Math Genius Award in 2015. He completed his schooling at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's Public School (Vidyashram) Hyderabad.

He graduated from St. Stephen's College, Delhi in 2020 with a BSc Honours degree in Mathematics.[citation needed] He has also been a speaker at several TED talks.


  1. ^ "Aged 20 and the fastest human calculator in the world". BBC. 24 August 2020. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  2. ^ "20-year old Hyderabad boy breaks Shakuntala Devi's record; becomes fastest human calculator". The Financial Express. 25 August 2020. Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  3. ^ Pandey, Manish (24 August 2020). "Meet the world's fastest human calculator". BBC News. Retrieved 25 August 2020.
  4. ^ Pandey, Ashish (25 August 2020). "Indian Maths prodigy Neelakantha Bhanu becomes the fastest human calculator in world". India Today. Retrieved 25 August 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "How a child with a fractured skull grew up to become the 'world's fastest human calculator'". CNN World. 2 September 2020. Retrieved 2 September 2020.