Shakuntala Devi, the respected Indian Mathematician who was called ‘a human computer’ for her super-fast computing abilities, has been honored with a Google Doodle on her 84th birth anniversary. The doodle showing on Google India homepage resembles a calculator representing her jiffy mental math-solving skills. For her immense contribution in the field of Mathematics having authored a number of books like ‘Fun with Numbers’, ‘Astrology for You’, ‘Puzzles to Puzzle You’ and ‘Mathablit’, she was named in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Shakuntala was born 4th November 1929 in a humble family, and here father worked in a circus swinging trapeze, walking tightrope and doing cannonball shows. During a card-playing session he discovered his daughter’s mathematical potential, as she won over him by memorizing the cards. She gave her first public performance at the tender age of six at the University of Mysore, where she showcased her calculation abilities to an awestruck audience. She proved her genius again at the Annamalai University. In 1977, Devi derived the 23rd root of a 201-digit number mentally, and in 1980 she answered a multiplication of two random 13-digit numbers picked by the Computer Department of Imperial College (London) within a time span of 28 seconds.
Shakuntala Devi passed away on April 21, 2013.