Shivam Patel, a CSE student at Nirma University, pursued Number theory course on MIT Open Course-ware at age 8. Starting from that,he has completed over 130 courses from online teaching websites like MIT Opencourseware , Coursera and EDX from Topics ranging from Pure Mathematics , Physics , Computer Science , Cryptography , Sociology , Literature , Theology and Philosophy. He is a programming polygot and an avid mathematician, having been invited by the director Prof Balasubramanian at Institute of Mathematical Sciences (IMSC),Chennai on 19th to 22nd January 2014 . He was the youngest mathematician ever to be invited as a researcher and also took a seminar on the topic – “Computation of Some Integrals” for the Faculties of the Institute. He is also the youngest person in history to get an Erdos number 2.
He is one of the people responsible in the popularization of Stack Overflow and has been instrumental in creating numerous helpful softwares catering to a large number of students and professionals alike.