Human Computer Shakuntala Devi
#Mathematical #prodigy in recent times of modern India was #ShakuntalaDevi who was world renowned & referred to as “Human Computer”.
Born on Nov. 4, 1929, in Bangalore, which at the time was part of the Mysore state in British India. Shakuntala was born into a Kannada Brahmin family,her father worked in the circus as a trapeze artist.
Devi started solving mathematical problems at the age of five and started public performances at the age of six. Her first performance was at the University .
Her father realised that she was a prodigy when he discovered his daughter’s ability to memorise numbers accurately at such a young age.
Devi first toured Europe in 1950 and moved to London with her father at the age of 15. Devi performed in New York in 1976 where she calculated the cube root of 188,132,517 in under 20 seconds.And she solved many such complex calculations in seconds.Her remarkable achievement earned her a place in the 1982 edition of the ‘#GuinnessBook of #WorldRecords'.
Not only was she a genius & mathematical magician but also a role model for students and math enthusiasts. She played a great role in making mathematics an interesting subject for millions of students due to her practical, fast & efficient approach towards problem solving. She had authored several books for children to help them develop interest in maths and help them understand the subject better.
Her books on puzzles are popular among college students preparing for jobs interviews which require analytical skills.Her workshops on maths techniques & vedic mathematics were popular throughout the nation.
She left this world on 21 April 2013.She was 83 years old.