The young scientist and inventor, who won the first title of ‘Kid of the Year’ by Time Magazine, said that she hopes that others will be inspired by her and come up with ideas to solve the world’s problems.
Gaitanjali Rao, 15, has developed devices including an invention that can detect lead in drinking water, and an app that can detect cyber bullying.
He was selected from 5,000 American children aged 8 to 16 for the award.
“If I can do it, you can do it, and anyone can do it,” he said.
In an interview for Time magazine with actress and philanthropist Angelina Jolie, Gaitanjali Rao said she did not look like a “normal looking scientist”.
“Everything I see on TV is that an older and usually white person is a scientist,” he said.
“My goal has changed, and it’s not just about developing the tools to solve the world’s problems, it’s about inspiring others.” Because in my personal experience, it’s not that easy when you don’t see anyone else like you. “
Gaitanjali Rao, from the US state of Colorado, said there were many issues that needed to be addressed.
“Our generation is facing a lot of problems that we have never seen before,” he told Time magazine. But at the same time, we are facing old problems that still exist. “
“As such, we are in the midst of a new global epidemic, and we are still facing human rights issues. There are problems that we did not create but now we have to solve them through technology, such as climate change and cyberbullying.
The Time Award is certainly the latest honor for Gaitanjali Rao, but not the first.
Earlier, he was named America’s Top Young Scientist. He was given the award for inventing a low-cost test for quick detection of lead-contaminated water.
Time Magazine began announcing Man of the Year in 1927 and later changed him to Person of the Year.
Last year, Greta Thunberg, a schoolgirl from Sweden, was given the title for inspiring global efforts to tackle climate change. He is the youngest person to receive this award.
Time Magazine will announce its 2020 Person of the Year next week.