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Fastest arrangement of periodic table of elements - Pakistani little professor breaks world record

ISLAMABAD (May 30, 2019): Little professor Zidane Hamid breaks world record for fastest arrangement of the periodic table of elements. He arranged all 118 elements in order in Five minutes and 41 seconds on 28 May 2019 at Pakistan Science Foundation.

He did so under the watchful eye of chemistry Professors Dr. Amin Badshah from Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad and Dr. Muhammad Zaman Khan from Allama Iqbal Open University, Islamabad, time keepers Raja Tanvir and Mr. Rabnawaz Butt in Pakistan Science Foundation auditorium full of many scientists, science students and media personnel.

On his first attempt of the day, more than 150 supporters watched as Zidane placed the last, homemade mosaic tile into place, perfectly completing the periodic table of elements and breaking the Guinness world record for fastest arrangement of the periodic table of elements.

This specific Guinness World Record (GWR) in chemistry was first set by Purdue University faculty Professor Dr. Vilas Pol at Davidson School of Chemical Engineering. The fastest time to arrange all elements of the modern period table taken by Pol in correctly arranging the 118 individual elements was 8 minutes and 36 seconds on August 15, 2018 at Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering's Henson Atrium.

According to Zidane's parents Zidane was prepared for the world record and waiting for the event management of his attempt but during that waiting time the world record by Pol was broken by Ali Ghaddar (Lebanon) at Safir High School in Saida Lebanon in 6 minutes 44 seconds on 25 Feb 2019 during the international year for celebrating the 150 years of arrangement of periodic table by Mendeleev.

After knowing this he was not worried at all as he already had practiced a lot and was able to squeeze his attempt time according to new challenge.

His father Dr. Hamid said when Zidane was 3 years old he used to speak not just oxygen, hydrogen, calcium, and carbon but all the elements of periodic table. Yttrium, Molybdenum, Praseodymium, Ytterbium, Mendelevium, Darmstadtium, Dysprosium, Meitnerium, so hard that an adult shudders at the thought of them.

Zidane Hamid memorized them all at the age of 3 and his video got viral on social media in 2013(1). He is now 9 years old and has done the periodic table in record breaking fashion. Zidane Hamid, also known as Little professor, Drone of Chemistry and Chemistry Cockroach at Pakistan Science Foundation, arranged all 118 elements in order in Five minutes and 41 seconds on 28 May 2019 at Pakistan Science Foundation.

Zidane said, "Chemistry is my childhood pet. I memorized whole periodic table when I was just 3 years old and since then I am playing with it."

ECO Science Foundation President Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro was the chief guest on this occasion. Speaking on this occasion he said that science and technology is the priority of the present government. Pakistan has no dearth of talent but there is only need to provide opportunities to the youth to achieve targets of socio-economic development. He said Federal Minister for Science and Technology has challenged taboos and this will result in positive changes in coming days.


Little professor Zidane Hamid breaks world record for fastest arrangement of the periodic table of elements in presence of scientific community.


Little professor Zidane Hamid breaks world record for fastest arrangement of the periodic table of elements in presence of scientific community.
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