NEW DELHI: Google, on Monday, celebrated mathematics wizard Shakuntala Devi’s 84th birthday with a doodle.
She is dubbed as the world’s fastest ‘human computer’ who made complex mental calculations.
Born on November 4, 1929, in Bangalore, to Anorthodox priestly Brahmin family Devi had no access to proper schooling and food in her early years.
When she was only three, Devi began showing great affinity with numbers. By the time she was five, she became an expert in solving complex mental arithmetic.
Credited with solving some frightfully complicated arithmetic problems with apparent ease and astonishing speed, Shakuntala Devi’s calculating skills stunned the world throughout the 1970s and 80s. Her sharpness often made sophisticated digital devices seem inadequate.
Shakuntala Devi figured in the Guinness Book of World Record for her outstanding ability and wrote numerous books like ‘Fun with Numbers’, ‘Astrology for You’, ‘Puzzles to Puzzle You’, and ‘Mathablit’.