MEET THE WORLD’S YOUNGEST AUTHOR ON PALAEONTOLOGY
Pritvik Sinhadc was just seven years old when his first book When Dinosaurs Roamed The Earth made him the world’s youngest author on palaeontology.
His lecture on Walking With Prehistoric Beasts — his third book — at the PAN-IIT Meet in April 2014 (he was nine then), in Dubai, fetched him standing ovation from scientists, engineers, businessmen, philanthropists, environmentalists and many others. In the words of the media: “The nine-year-old boy took the 350-strong mammoth audience through a mind-blowing journey into the fascinating world of prehistoric life starting 550 million years ago till the era when modern man evolved.”
At nine, he also gave a lecture on the catastrophic Impact of Radioactive and Nuclear Waste on Marine and Land Species — his second book — at Dubai International Academic City. Dr Abdulla Al Karam, KHDA Chairman of the Board of Directors-Director General, and Ms Jo Maher, Chief of Strategy, Research and Engagement, who were present at the lecture, offered him an opportunity to undertake a special training under the KHDA in November 2013.
Prior to this, when Pritvik was eight years, he gave a lecture on the same subject and enthralled a packed crowd of over 75 environmentalists, professors, academicians, scientists and students at the Emirates Environmental Group’s 9th Community Lecture of the Year.
In January 2013, Pritvik was invited by the Senckenberg Naturmuseum Frankfurt, Germany, to exchange book with palaeontologist Dr Bernd Herkner and talk about the prehistoric era.
Pritvik’s lectures on Rare Dinosaurs — his fourth book — with special emphasis on a fish and meat eater called Suchomimus and other fish eating carnivores have fascinated young minds since 2010.
Pritvik has also taught senior students on palaeontology at the Art of Living Summer Camp in Dubai and at several other institutions, schools and colleges in the UAE. In fact, a former student of Dubai British School, and a current student of Dubai College, Pritvik has been giving lectures, taking classes and addressing audience queries with passion on prehistoric era, palaeontology, radioactive waste and mutations, herpetology, etc, in schools, colleges, institutions, conferences and world meets, since 2009, when he was just five years old.
And now at 11, the ‘wonder boy’ as he is popularly known, is all set to once again take the world by storm with his three books — Impact of Radioactive and Nuclear Waste on Marine and Land Species, Walking With Prehistoric Beasts and Rare Dinosaurs — all of which will be in the UAE bookstores soon.
However, all these started when he was actually very, very small. According to Pritvik’s parents, his unusual interest in palaeontology and its various sub-disciplines and his inherent ‘giftedness’ as quoted by his teachers, the academia and the media began when he just nine months old — when his interest in prehistoric creatures made his parents wonder if he was autistic. Hoping, literally hoping, it to be a passing phase, his parents consciously tried ‘not’ to take his unusual, undying and ever-increasing passion for the pre-historic world seriously.
But even before Pritvik was a year old, he started questioning about the origin of species, from where exactly life on earth began. Forced, his parents had to relent and get him books on palaeontology from various libraries and bookshops. Soon they watched him turning into a voracious reader of research books on palaeontology and the prehistoric era.
Pritvik’s interest in palaeontology took extreme proportions when he started questioning and enlightening his teachers at Dubai British School about pre-historic creatures in the Precambrian, Cambrian, Silurian, Ordovician, Devonian, Carboniferous, Permian, Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. He had just turned three then.
At five, his then Year 1 teacher, Ms Georgina Williams, was surprised by his knowledge in the bio-mechanics of all land, water and flying creatures in the prehistoric eras and realised that he was ‘gifted’ in palaeontology.
His mum was called and made to understand that he was not autistic and instead extremely ‘gifted in the science of palaeontology’. The five-year-old was detected with an IQ of 165.
It was then that Pritvik, a five-year-old Year 1 student, was asked to teach Year 3 DBS students and Year 4 and 5 DBS Science Club students on dinosaurs. Pritvik gave presentations on dinosaurs in the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods to these senior classes and since then, there has been no looking back for him.
Pritvik has an unusual understanding of all prehistoric creatures, their birth, body systems, eating and behavioural patterns, and can elaborately explain the environmental and scientific reasons for their extinction and so on. When asked on this subject, he talks and delivers knowledge like an adult.
Tracing our ancestry and speaking on palaeontology, the prehistoric timeline, dinosaurs and other creatures, the little ‘genius’ says: “Evolution first started out as bacteria — the leap from one-celled organisms to many-celled organisms — a development that eventually led to all animals, including humans. In its 4.6 billion years, the Earth has harboured a diversity of life forms and the fascinating world of prehistoric life will enable us to understand the true process of evolution in times to come.”
As his interest in palaeontology grew, so did his understanding of evolution and resultant mutations of creatures that were subjected to radioactivity and nuclear waste. This led him to research on how the primary source of radioactive waste is from human activities such as the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, radioactive fallouts at nuclear power plant accidents like the Chernobyl, Fukushima, etc, nuclear testing and improper disposal of nuclear, radioactive and hazardous waste.
According to Pritvik, “Research on prehistoric mass extinctions and human-made nuclear disasters have proved that uncontrolled radioactivity and nuclear or radioactive waste can hurt marine and land species in several ways — by killing them outright, or critically altering the genetics of these species thereby creating irreparable bizarre mutations in their offspring or worse, passing radioactive material up the food chain. In fact, the worst effect of radioactive and nuclear waste is when animals eat irradiated plants and smaller, radioactive animals. It is then that radiation moves up the food chain.”
Pritvik believes that all available forms of energy will be needed to meet future demand and that each country must enforce suitable means to deliver safe, reliable and feasible electricity to power economic growth. However, his thrust is to urge the UAE authorities and the scientific community to first determine a long-term disposal of the spent nuclear fuel before the final onset of the Abu Dhabi nuclear power plants in 2020.
In fact, the little boy wants a different solution rather than sending spent fuel abroad for recycling or disposal. Citing his research he says, “Studies have shown that the uses of green algae are boundless. Scientists have found that freshwater algae can remove Strontium 90 from radioactive wastewater. This development can even aid future efforts to clean up radioactive waste at the Fukushima Daichi Plant.”
While this is interesting, and Pritvik is researching on this, he feels, “The best solution to the demonic, devastating and all-pervading radiation might be to build a fusion reactor instead of a fission one, or better still, make matter shake hands with anti-matter. With no matter, no anti-matter, only energy will remain. But, this may cause gigantic explosions and hence needs to be controlled.”
Pritvik wants to help the authorities in harnessing wind, tidal and especially solar power to generate electricity in the UAE. “The world needs to quickly resolve the nuclear waste issue because it wouldn’t be morally right to leave it for our future generations,” he says, adding, “The ones who have started the mess should also finish it. On top of so many environmental problems the last thing this world needs right now is to worry about the safety of nuclear waste disposal.”
Therefore, he wants to conduct his research on the green algae for cleaning up nuclear waste. Pritvik also wants to make the UAE the finest location for discovering Middle East Cretaceous marine invertebrates and late Miocene Arabian continental vertebrate fossils. “The three areas of importance in the UAE are the Western Region of Abu Dhabi, the slopes of Jebel Hafit and the eastern mountains.
I believe that the fossils in the eastern mountains were formed during the Cretaceous Period, 70 million years ago when a shallow warm sea lapped against the uplifted Hajar islands. The limestone formed in this period is called the Simsima Formation,” he says, adding, “The best exposures are found at Jebel Huwayyah — known as Fossil Valley, Jebel Rawdah, Jebel Buhays and Qarn Murrah. Various fragments of poorly preserved corals, sponges, algae and bivalves can be found in these regions and I would want to launch a government-approved scientific palaeontology dig in these areas.
In herpetology, Pritvik has been researching on his own, for the last two years, on the unique characteristics that some reptiles have — re-growing lost limbs. He wants to carry on his research on the unique characteristics that some reptiles have — re-growing lost limbs. “If any crossing can be done to selective human DNA strands, then perhaps we may have a breakthrough on re-growing human limbs or even organs,” he says.
Today, at 10, Pritvik is keen on availing any research opportunity to continue his passion and unquenchable thirst for scientific knowledge and his ongoing research on palaeontology, herpetology and radioactive mutations. In fact, he feels that the UAE should foster more research facilities and become “a hub for palaeontology, herpetology and nuclear research on the global educational map.”
Pritvik has been awarded the Megastar Science CREST Award — a project-based awards scheme for the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) from the British Science Association. He has also become the Young Science Ambassador from the British Science Association.
He has also been honoured several times by distinguished institutions like the Emirates Environmental Group, etc.
Academically, he is a bright student and has topped the primary section of Dubai British School on the World Maths Day. He has also won the Golden Calculator Award from the World Maths Day organisers.
He has also been formally assessed and declared as ‘Gifted in Maths and Science’ by Dubai British School (http://www.dubaibritishschool.ae/faculty-and-careers/extended-learning)
Pritvik is a maths and science addict, loves to read non-fiction, paints on canvas (oils and acrylics), plays the piano and guitar, is a golfer, a brown-belt in karate, a keen debater, a dramatist and writes poems when he wants to unwind.
Thank you for your time for reading this long introduction. Pritvik sincerely hopes to live up to the scientific world’s expectations and make the world proud of his achievements.
Contact Pritvik Sinhadc at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.pritviksinhadc.com
Date: March 1, 2015
What the media has to say about the wonder boy…
Friday Magazine, Gulf News: Meet Dubai’s genius boy wonder
He’s only seven, but Pritvik Sinhadc has an IQ higher than Albert Einstein’s, is a science and maths whiz and has already written his first book on dinosaurs… Pritvik is a walking encyclopaedia on dinosaurs…
A Year 4 student at the Dubai British School, Pritvik might love his noodles and his crisps like any other boy his age, but when it comes to dinosaurs, he can pit his knowledge against the world’s leading palaeontologists. http://gulfnews.com/life-style/people/meet-dubai-s-genius-boy-wonder-1.1037095
Khaleej Times: Pritvik Sinhadc: A gee-whiz talent at nine
Author, environmentalist and science ambassador, Pritvik Sinhadc, discusses limb re-growth, the need to clean up wastewater in the UAE, and the feathery side to dinosaurs.
Sinhadc’s many accolades on paper would impress even the most senior of academics… As the world’s youngest author on palaeontology — penning his first book at just six — this whiz kid does not let age get in the way of his passion and could challenge even the most-experienced of palaeontologists with his vast knowledge of all things dinosaur…. Sinhadc recently wowed an audience of environmentalists, professors, academicians, and scientists about the possibilities of using green algae to clean-up radioactive waste.…Sinhadc says although there is a lack of research facilities in palaeontology, herpetology and nuclear science in the region, he believes the UAE, particularly Dubai, will soon become a hub for this type of research, and he hopes its progression within this sector means he can carry on his scientific pursuits in the country, without having to look elsewhere.…With support from his school, his teachers and the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), Sinhadc has now successfully proposed his ideas about nuclear clean-ups to some of the industry’s most influential heads.
The National: Young author has a monster future ahead of him
Taking both the creative and scientific worlds by storm is 7-year-old Pritvik Sinhadc, perhaps the UAE’s youngest author… When Dinosaurs Roamed the Earth focuses on the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, with facts on the biomechanics of almost all the major dinosaurs of those periods, in a format that appeals to both children and young adults… Sinhadc goes into detail about birth processes, body systems, eating and behavioural patterns, and the environmental and scientific reasons for their extinction.
Khaleej Times: Author and dinosaur expert — all at seven
Pritvik has astounded his parents, peers and teachers with his incredible knowledge about palaeontology. His debut as a published author with his book When Dinosaurs Roamed The Earth takes his academic achievements to a new level. Pritvik’s colourful book with dramatic illustrations of dinosaurs explains in clear, concise language the different creatures of the prehistoric world. Already written, his second book will be about Suchomimus and other fish-eating dinosaurs, while he is also planning another book about animal mutations. Despite only being seven years old, it’s clear to see that Pritvik has a bright future ahead in palaeontology…
7Days: Young boy puts pre-historic passion on pages
A student in Dubai who is an expert on everything to do with dinosaurs and the pre-historic world, has had his first book published at the age of just seven. http://www.7daysindubai.com/Young-boy-puts-pre-historic-passion-pages/story-16218741-detail/story.html
Emirates 24×7: Dubai’s 7-year-old dinosaur expert to launch book Teaches youngsters, topped primary section on World Maths Day
He’s a tiny, little man, who rambles on about dinosaurs like an expert and mouths real tongue-twister names with aplomb, leaving his audience spellbound. At seven years, you would imagine him to talk sports, video games or latest gizmos, but dinosaurs are what makes Pritvik Sinhadc’s world go round. Pritvik, a student of Dubai British School, even doubles up as teacher for Year5 and 6 students, after his expert opinion was sought to tackle the school’s new module on dinosaurs.
103.8: Mark Lloyd: Jurassic Mark!
The little genius’ first masterpiece promises to inspire children and adults of all age groups to gain a greater understanding of the world of dinosaurs in the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods… http://www.dubaieye1038.com/jurassic-mark/
KHDA and Gulf News: Nurturing a child’s natural academic gift
The Grade Four boy has now established himself as a little genius and is charting his course for the future…
Gulf News: 8-year-old boy presents EEG Lecture
Young environmentalist talks about harmful effects of radioactive waste… The talk also revolved around research on topics such as prehistoric extinction and man-made nuclear disasters that have deleterious effects on the genetics of marine and land species, hence creating mutations within generations to come…
Dubai International Academic City: 9 Year Old Genius Gives Lecture at Blossom Early Learning Centre Children’s Day Celebration
Sinhadc stunned the audience of professors, head masters, KHDA officials and students on the impact of radioactive and nuclear waste on marine and land species.
Gulf Today: ‘Man-made radiation makes repairing broken genes harder’
A warning on the genetic effects of low dose radiation
Now 7, Pritvik Sinhadc has an unusual understanding of all prehistoric creatures, their birth, body systems, eating and behavioural patterns, and can elaborately explain the environmental and scientific reasons for their extinction and so on. When asked on this subject, he talks and delivers knowledge like an adult.
Antinuclear.net: Youthful genius on palaeontology explains the hazards of human caused ionising radiation
Emirates 24/7: 8-year-old Dino expert roars…
Emirates Environmental Group’s lecture on the impact of radioactive and nuclear waste on marine and land species left the audience of environmentalists, academicians, students and scientists spellbound…
Some of Pritvik Sinhadc’s talks on the internet…
Walking With Prehistoric Beasts by Pritvik Sinhadc
A mind-blowing journey with nine-year-old Pritvik Sinhadc into the fascinating world of prehistoric life starting 550 million years ago till the era when modern man evolved…Pritvik Sinhadc, a student of Dubai British School, is the world’s youngest author on palaeontology and published his first book at the age of seven.
8 year old Pritvik Sinhadc’s EEG Lecture on the Impact of Radioactive Waste
Eight-year-old Pritvik Sinhadc, who is the world’s youngest author in palaeontology, enthrals a packed crowd of over 75 environmentalists, professors, academicians, scientists and students with his lecture on the impact of radioactive and nuclear waste on marine and land species at the Emirates Environmental Group’s 9th Community Lecture of the year…
Pritvik Sinhadc: Author and dinosaur expert — all at seven: Meet Dubai’s genius boy wonder
Seven-year-old Pritvik Sinhadc releases his first book on palaeontology: When Dinosaurs Roamed The Earth
Dubai: 7 Year Old Pritvik Sinhadc’s Passion for Palaeontology
Seven year old Pritvik Sinhadc, author of When Dinosaurs Roamed the Earth, began asking questions on existence, gravity and dinosaurs to his stunned parents at the age of nine months.