Biography of “Human Computer”- Shakunthala Devi- Indian Mathematician

Name: SHAKUNTHALA DEVI

Popularly Known As: “Human Computer”-Shakunthala Devi


Date of Birth : 4th November 1929 at Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Date of Death:21st April 2013 (At the Age of 83 years) at Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Father: Mr.Bishaw Mitra Mani

Mother: Ms.Yogini

Spouse: Shakuntala Devi got married to an IAS Officer, Mr. Paritosh Bannerji in the year 1960. However the couple were divorced in the year 1979. Shakuntala Devi is having a daughter Ms.Anupama Bannerji.

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Shakuntala Devi was a child prodigy and a ‘Mental Calculator’ and was called ‘Human Computer’- She found a place in the 1982 edition of ‘The Guinness Book of World Records’.

Shakuntala Devi’s father, who was an orthodox Kannada Brahmin did not want to become a temple priest/Poosaari and he worked in a circus.

Shakuntala Devi was talented in ‘Mental Arithmatics with a sharp memory power.

She was taught the ‘Cards -Tricks’ by his father, when she was just 3 years old.

Shakuntala Devi traveled to Europe and USA and displayed her arithmetical talents by her performances.

Shakuntala Devie competed with computers in solving arithmetical problems  involving large numbers and finding out roots of large numbers etc without any aid and with only her mental calculations as fast as and even faster than computers.

Shakuntala Devi was a talented mathematician, an astrologer and a writer of various books on cooking, numbers, puzzles and novels.

Google has celebrated Shakuntala Devi’s 84th Birthday (4th November 2013) with a ‘Google – Doodle’ with the fonts of a calculator with Shakuntala Devi’s picture in it ‘search’ page.

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