The Sri Lankan Who Solved A Maths Problem For Jeff

The Sri Lankan Who Solved A Maths Problem For Jeff
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Yasantha Rajakarunanayake is surprised Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, remembers him three decades after they lost touch. The Sri Lankan scientist, now based in the US, was Bezos’ classmate at Princeton University in the 1980s. Speaking at The Economic Club of Washington, a non-profit that holds discussions on important issues of the day, Bezos described Yasantha as the “smartest guy at Princeton”. It was Yasantha’s mastery of math, Bezos added in the 13 September talk, that convinced him to abandon his dream of becoming a theoretical physicist. Soon afterwards, the part of his speech about Yasantha went viral, and set the internet on the trail of the islander who, inadvertently, helped change the way the world shops. Talking to ThePrint, the scientist said the surge of emails that followed Bezos’ speech first gave him the impression that he had been hacked. “I think Jeff had done the interview on 13 September, and by 15th, I was getting spam in my LinkedIn inbox,” said Yasantha. “Several people were asking me,’Are you Jeff Bezos’ Yoshanta’. I thought someone had hacked my Linkedin, and was quite worried. They had misspelled my name as well.” By 18 September, Yasantha, 55, had seen the video, and acknowledged it in a tweet.


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