Gitanjali Rao: Time magazine names 15-year-old scientist as first child of...

A 15-year-old scientist and inventor was named Time magazine’s first child of the year.

Gitanjali Rao invented a number of new technologies in many fields, including a device capable of identifying lead in drinking water and a Chrome app and extension that uses artificial intelligence to detect cyberbullying.

The teenager, from Denver, Colorado in the United States, said she hopes to inspire others to come up with ideas to “solve the world’s problems.”

It’s the first time that Time has been named Kid Of The Year

Speaking to Hollywood star Angelina Jolie after beating 5,000 nominees to receive this honor, Gitanjali said, “I don’t look like your typical scientist. All I see on TV is he’s an older man, usually white as a scientist.

“My focus has really changed, not only to create my own devices to solve the world’s problems, but also to inspire others to do the same.

“Because, from personal experience, it’s not easy not to see anyone else like you.

“So I really want to get this message across: If I can do it, you can do it, and anyone can do it. ”

Time began giving out his Man Of The Year award – later updated to Person Of The Year – in 1927, but this is the first time he’s been named Kid Of The Year.

Last year, climate activist Greta Thunberg became the youngest person of the year when she received the honor at 16.

Greta Thunberg was named Time’s Person of the Year last year

Time has partnered with children’s television channel Nickelodeon for the new award.

Gitanjali was chosen from a pool of 5,000 US-based nominees, which was narrowed down to five finalists by a committee of young people alongside comedian and TV presenter Trevor Noah.

She and the other four finalists will be honored on a special next Friday.

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