Sivakumar, a student at the Illinois Math and Science Academy, was mentioned by Obama in his speech last week for his research in ‘gravitational lensing of quasars’ which he undertook along with senior scientists in Fermilab which specialises in high-energy particle physics.

“When Pranav Sivakumar was six years old, he found an encyclopedia about famous scientists lying around the house. And he has been fascinated with outer space ever since. For years, every Saturday morning, his parents drove him an hour to an astrophysics lab for “Ask-A-Scientist” class. And before long, he teamed up with researchers he met there to study the gravitational lensing of quasars. Give him a big round of applause,” Obama told the audience.

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