03 December, 2020

Ritankar Das

The Smart Inventor - 18 years | Berkeley

UC Berkeley
Ritankar Das

Eighteen-year-old wonder kid Ritankar Das is not only completing his studies at UC Berkeley with a double major in bioengineering and chemical biology and a minor in creative writing, he’s getting it right in just three years. He is the youngest university medallist in at least a century and also the first student from the college of chemistry in 58 years and the first ever from the department of bioengineering to earn the honour, along with a $2,500 scholarship. Ritankar is graduating with more than 200 credits and a GPA of 3.99, which includes eight A pluses.

His affair with energy began in high school itself. “Dur­ing a biology class,” he says, “I began wondering about how the current wor­ldwide energy crisis could be effectively solved if humans were able to extract energy from the sun as efficiently as plants do. This curiosity led me to try to create a device, motivated by plant biology, which could harvest solar energy. After consulting several books, teachers at school and the internet, I began...



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