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Monday, 16 January 2012 11:18

Child programming prodigy logs off early

Written by Nick Farell



MCP at nine years old


The world's youngest Microsoft Certified Professional and programming prodigy has died at age 16.

Pakistan's Arfa Karim Randhawam who became the world’s youngest MCP at nine years old tragically died after suffering an epileptic seizure and a heart attack. Two weeks ago her outlook appeared to improve and Microsoft had stepped in to help make sure she had expert medical care.

Microsoft made sure that scans of her brain were mailed to renowned medical experts in Australia and other countries. Arfa first visited Redmond in 2005 when she was ten years old and met with Bill Gates and talked about programming with him.

At that age she already had come up with a decent philosophy of life.  She said that if you want to do something big, you have to realise that shyness is only the mind. Talking to Todd Bishop at GeekWire she said "If you think shy, you act shy. If you think confident you act confident. Therefore never let shyness conquer your mind."

And Justin Beiber still lives.

Nick Farell

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