What had we been doing when we are 20? counting the number of facebook likes and comments our profile picture receives? whining about our college life? or overthinking about our dreams and career? look what Hamsa had done when she was 20.

Hamsa Padmanapan was 20 years old when a minor planet was named after her name. She was a science graduate from Ferguson college. MIT selects top two performers from ISPf every year and names minor planets after them. ISPF is one of the world’s largest pre college science fair in which more than 1500 students across the globe would participate every year.

In 2006, hamsa submitted a 15 page research a ¬†paper on “Physics of a simple prototype for static magnetic levitation” which made her to grab the second prize at ISPF. The figure shows her simplified model of her paper using a toy pen.



Her other prestigious awards include the Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana Fellowship, an NTSE (National Talent Search Examination) Scholarship and most recently, the Goldman Sachs Global Leaders Award. Source: Weekendlander


About MIT Labs:

MIT labs have discovered minor planets for decades and they have the right to name the planets.


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