## The life of Human Computer – Shakuntala Devi

Shakuntala Devi was born on 4th Nov 1939 in Bangalore. Her father was a circus artiste who worked as a trapeze and tightrope performer. She started displaying her genius while she was 3 and would assist her father in circus shows to do card tricks. By the age of 6, she had proved that she was a prodigy in mathematics by displaying her excellent memory and mental calculation skills in Mysore University. What followed that is history.

Shakuntala Devi amazed the whole world through her amazing mental calculation skills and has given performances world-wide. Her books like ‘Fun with Numbers’, ‘Puzzles to Puzzle You’, are a delight for both children and grown ups. She was rated as one in 58 million for her stupendous mathematical feats by one of the fastest super-computers ever invented —the Univac — 1108. In the year 1977, Shakuntala Devi mentally solved the 23rd root of a 201-digit number. In 1980, she again solved the multiplication of two 13-digit numbers 7,686,369,774,870 x 2,465,099,745,779 that were randomly picked by the computer department of Imperial College in London. And this, she did in just 28 seconds. Her correct answer to this multiplication sum was 18,947,668,177,995,426,462,773,730. This incident has been included on the 26th page of the famous 1995 Guinness Book of Records.

She has set her foot on every country in the world and made India look upon her with pride. On 21st April 2013, she faded away into infinity leaving behind her legendary and inspiring life.

Om Bharatagauravaaya Namah – Salutations to the one who is the pride of India!