Shakuntala Devi biography

Shakuntala Devi 

Born4 November 1929
Shakuntala Devi
Shakuntala Devi
Bengaluru, India
Died21 April 2013 (aged 83)
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Other namesHuman computer
Occupationsocial worker


Shakuntala Devi  (4 November 1929 – 21 April 2013) was an Indian writer and mental calculator, popularly known as the "human computer".
Shakuntala Devi dropped out of school because her father, a circus worker, could not afford the monthly school fee.
when she started playing cards with her father, he was surprised to find that she was winning all the games against him everyday.

Her father taught her mathematical operations like multiplication, division & square root
 During an interview on BBC, she was given a complicated mathematical calculation which she solved within seconds
she was invited by several reputed Universities including the University of Rome.
she calculated the 23rd root of a 201-digit number in just 50 seconds
she solved multiplication of two 13 digit randomly picked numbers in just 28 seconds and entered the Guinness Book of World Records.
As a writer, Devi wrote a number of books, including novels and non-fiction texts about mathematics, puzzles, and astrology.
married to Paritosh Banerji, an officer of the Indian Administrative Service from Kolkata. They were divorced in 1979.
On 4 November 2013, Devi was honoured with a Google Doodle for what would have been her 84th birthday

Some of her books include:

  • 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). 
  • The World of Homosexuals (Vikas Publishing House, 1977), 

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