Shakuntala Devi

Indian writer and mental calculator (1929-2013)

Shakuntala Devi (4 November 1929 – 21 April 2013) was an Indian writer and mental calculator. She was popularly known as the "Human Computer". Devi wanted to make mathematics easier for students.[1][2][3][4][5]

Shakuntala Devi
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Shakuntala Devi
Born(1929-11-04)4 November 1929
Died21 April 2013(2013-04-21) (aged 83)
Cause of deathHeart attack
Other namesHuman computer
OccupationAuthor, mental calculator, Mathematician, Astrologer
Spouse(s)
Paritosh Banerji
(m. 1964; div. 1979)
Children1

Her talent earned her a place in the 1982 edition of The Guinness Book of World Records.[6][2][3][7] However, the certificate for the record was given posthumously on 30 July 2020, despite Devi achieving her world record on 18 June 1980. In 2019, a movie was made in memory of her. The name of the movie was Shakuntala Devi.[8][9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Shakuntala Devi strove to simplify maths for students". The Hindu. 21 April 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Pandya, Haresh (21 April 2013). "Shakuntala Devi, 'Human Computer' Who Bested the Machines, Dies at 83". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Obituary: Shakuntala Devi". The Telegraph. 22 April 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  4. Jensen, Arthur R. (July–September 1990). "Speed of information processing in a calculating prodigy". Intelligence. University of California, Berkeley, United States. 14 (3): 259–274. doi:10.1016/0160-2896(90)90019-P. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  5. "Obituary: India's 'human computer' Shakuntala Devi". BBC News. 22 April 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  6. "Shakuntala Devi strove to simplify maths for students". The Hindu. 21 April 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
  7. "'Human computer' Shakuntala Devi dies in Bangalore". Times of India. 21 April 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  8. Balan, Vidya; Malhotra, Sanya; Sengupta, Jisshu; Sadh, Amit (2020-07-31), Shakuntala Devi, Abundantia Entertainment, Genius Films, Sony Pictures Networks Productions, retrieved 2020-12-30
  9. "Who is Shakuntala Devi, India's Human-Computer Whose Math Prowess Inspired Vidya Balan Movie?". News18. 2020-07-16. Retrieved 2021-11-16.