Change in the active voice:
A research award has been given to Ray for his efforts and he has been labelled a genius by the German media, but "curiosity and schoolboy naivety" was what the young lad put it down to.
"when it was explained to us by our teacher that the problem had no solutions, I thought to myself, 'well, there's no harm in trying"', he said.
the problem was posed by newton,relating to the movement of projectiles through the air, in the seventeenth century. only partial solutions had been offered by mathematicians until now.