Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel peace prize winner has an asteroid christened with her name. Asteroid 316201 was named Malala by Amy Mainzer, an astronomer of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She shot to more fame when Taliban attempted an assassination,as she got recognition for her efforts on education to all which were against the Taliban.
The asteroid was discovered in the main belt between Mars and Jupiter by Amy Mainzer. Thereby Amy possessed the right to name it, as only a few asteroids bore the name of women.
She shared the 2014 Nobel peace prize along with Kailash Satyarthi, a children’s rights activist of India. She has been conferred with numerous awards around the world, with some of them listed below.
- Honorary Canadian Citizenship
- Mother Teresa Awards for social justice
- Simon de Beauvoir Prize
- Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought
- Skoll Global Treasure Award
- National Youth Peace Prize
- Anna Politkovskaya Award
Knowledge is Wealth
- “I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban” was a book co-written by Malala along with British journalist Chritina Lamb. It was published in 2013.
- Neela Vaswani was awarded the grammy award for children’s award for “I am Malala: How one girl stood up for education and changed the world” in 2015.
- “Malala Day” was conferred on 12th July 2013, the 16th birthday of Malala when she spoke in the UN for education to be available worldwide to all.
- In 2013 Time Magazine featured Malala in “The 100 most influencial people in the world”
Possible Exam twisters
A small Planet in the belt between Mars and Jupiter was named after Chess GrandMaster Vishwananthan Anand recently.