Tathagat Tulsi appointed as the youngest IIT Professor

Tathagat Tulsi, born 9 September 1987, has been appointed as an assistant Physics professor at IIT Bombay, the youngest to ever hold that post. He is also the youngest Indian to get an PhD.

Tulsi completed high school at the age of 9, had a B.Sc at 10, an M.Sc in Physics at 12, and a PhD in Quantum Computing from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, at 21.

In 2003, Time named him among the world’s seven most gifted youngsters.

IIT Bombay sent his appointment letter sent on June 30 in which IIT Bombay Director Professor Devang V Khakar informed Tulsi that the institute’s Board of Governors had offered him assistant professorship on contract at the Department of Physics. Tulsi has confirmed to EDU that he will be joining IIT Bombay and will be teaching subjects like Quantum Physics and Mathematical Physics, among others.

He also turned down lucrative offers from the University of Waterloo and the Indian Institute of Science Education & Research (IISER), Bhopal claiming that he did not want to go abroad at the moment and that IIT Bombay offered him the space that he needs to set up a lab focused on quantum computation in India.

Professor Tulsi joins IIT Bombay on Monday, 19th July.

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