Shakuntala Devi was an Indian writer and mathematician genius and popularly known as “Human Computer”. She would solve difficult and complex mathematics problems in her head within no time and answer immediately. She was the Guinness Book Work Records holder.
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Shakuntala Devi was born on 4 November 1929 in Bangalore, Karnataka. Her father refused to work as a temple priest and choose to work as a trapeze artist and magician in the circus. Shakuntala’s age was 83 years old (at the time of death).
At the age of 3, she became aware of the various arts and skills of numbers, and at the age of 5, she was able to extract the cube root of any number. Her father recognized the art of memorizing her numbers and took her to tours and roadshows, where she performed her skill.
In a short time, she came to the limelight and started earning money through it. Shakuntala visited many universities in the South. At the age of 6, she presented her skills at the University of Mysore. In a short period of time she was recognized at the international level and getting attention to the people and professors. She moved to London with her father in 1944 when she was 15 years old.
Family, Husband & Daughter
Shakuntala Devi was belonging to a Kannada Brahmin family. We donShakuntala Devi belonged to a Kannada Brahmin family. We don’t know her father’s name, but he was working in a circus. There is no information about her mother and siblings.
In 1960, she married Paritosh Banerjee, an employee of the Indian Administration Service, Kolkata. The couple divorced in 1979. She has a daughter named Anupama Banerji.
In April 2013, she was admitted to the hospital for respiratory problems. She died on 21 April 2013 at a Bangalore hospital due to respiratory, heart, and kidney problems.
She soon became known internationally, and in 1944 she moved to London with her father. In a short time, she traveled to many countries around the world. She presented her mathematical skills such as the United States, Hong Kong, Japan, Sri Lanka, Italy, Canada, Russia, France, Spain, Mauritius, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
Shakuntala was known for multiplying two random 13 digit numbers 7,686,369,774,870 × 2,465,099,745,779. She answered correctly in 28 seconds as 18,947,668,177,995,426,462,773,730. In 1982 her extra ordinary skills were recorded in the ‘Guinness Book of Records’.
She was invited by many universities and colleges, in 1977 she visited Southern Methodist University in Dallas, USA. She was asked to calculate the 23rd root of a 201-digit number, and she solved it in 50 seconds. Interestingly, it took 4 minutes for the professor to write the problem on the board and more than a minute for the Univac computer to solve it.
She was also a successful astrologer and written many books on the subject. She wrote mathematics articles for children, puzzles, books, novels. One of the most notable books was ‘The World Of Homosexuals’ (1977), the first extensive study of homosexuality in India.
She founded the Shakuntala Devi Education Foundation Public Trust to provide quality education to She founded the Shakuntala Devi Education Foundation Public Trust to provide quality education to poor, needy & underprivileged students. She helped spread global awareness about India’s contribution to mathematics.
Awards and Achievements
- ‘Most Distinguished Woman of the Year’ by the University of Philippines in 1969.
- ‘Ramanujan Mathematical Genius’ Award in Washington D.C in 1988
- ‘Lifetime Achievements Award’ one month before to her death in 2013
Shakuntala Devi Biography
|Full Name||Shakuntala Devi|
|Date Of Birth||4 November 1929 (Monday)|
|Birthplace||Bengaluru, Karnataka, India|
|Date of Death||21 April 2013|
|Place of Death||Bengaluru, Karnataka, India|
|Hometown||Bengaluru, Karnataka, India|
|Age||83 years(at the time of death)|
- Astrology for You (New Delhi: Orient, 2005).
- Book of Numbers (New Delhi: Orient, 2006).
- Figuring: The Joy of Numbers (New York: Harper & Row, 1977),
- In the Wonderland of Numbers (New Delhi: Orient, 2006).
- Mathability: Awaken the Math Genius in Your Child (New Delhi: Orient, 2005).
- More Puzzles to Puzzle You (New Delhi: Orient, 2006).
- Perfect Murder (New Delhi: Orient, 1976)
- Puzzles to Puzzle You (New Delhi: Orient, 2005)
- Super Memory: It Can Be Yours (New Delhi: Orient, 2011). (Sydney: New Holland, 2012).
- The World of Homosexuals (Vikas Publishing House, 1977)
Facts About Shakuntala
- She was born in the poor and financially weak families because of this she could not take her formal education.
- On 4th November 2013, on her 84th birthday, she was honored with Google Doodle for her achievements and contribution towards mathematics.
- Arthur Jensen, a psychology professor from the University of California, Berkley, deeply researches her abilities and skills. He comes with some articles which he called “intelligence”.
- Shakuntala once said that she had taken admission in a convent school when she was ten years old, but she was removed from school within three months as her parents could not pay her fees.
- In 1955, she appeared on a BBC show where the host Leslie Mitchell gave her a complex math problem to solve. She solved it in seconds, but the host told her that her answer was incorrect as her answer was different from what the host and his team had calculated. Mitchell then rechecked the answer and realized that Devi’s answer was the correct one, and the original answer was wrong. This news spread across the world, and Shakuntala earned the title of the ‘Human Computer’.
- Vidya Balan is going to play the lead role in the biopic of Shakuntala Devi, which will release on 31 July 2020 on Amazon Prime.