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Meet science-mad 'child genius' Neha Narendran

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12 year old Neha Narendran is science-mad.

From a very early age, she has had an insatiable thirst for knowledge.

Her passion first showed itself when she was just three and a half years old.

Her mother, Dr Bama Perama, who is a research scientist, was writing a PhD paper on the properties of metals. Neha began showing an interest.

When I was really little, I would ask how is the door opening? How do the hinges work?

Then it was, why does a ball drop to the floor, not go up?

It was all those normal things, but I wanted to find out a lot more about it, so I would bug my mum to answer all those questions.

– Neha Narendran
Neha showed an interest in science from a very early age. Credit: ITV News Central

In 2015, when she was just eight years old, Neha became the youngest finalist on the hit TV show 'Child Genius'.

She continues to perform well. Last year, she passed the eleven-plus exam with flying colours to get a place at one of Birmingham's top selective schools.

Her schoofriends have given her the affectionate nickname the 'walking encyclopaedia'.

Neha hopes to follow in her mum's footsteps and become a scientist - not in the study of metals, but in medicine.

Neha has been given the nickname 'Walking Encyclopaedia' by her school friends. Credit: ITV News Central

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