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Lesser known facts about the ‘Human Computer’

Lesser known facts about the ‘Human Computer’

July 22nd, 2020

With Vidya Balan starrer ‘Shakuntala Devi’, slated to release on 31st July, 2020, across OTT platforms, we cannot help but look back to the success story of Shakuntala Devi herself.

Fondly remembered as the ‘Human Computer’, she turned out to be a revolutionary figure in Mathematics. She was primarily well known for her skills at computing mental calculations at lightning speed. But, there are a few facts about her that many do not know!

Let us take a look at some of them:


Fact 1

She holds a record in the Guinness Book of World Records, the edition of 1982.

Lesser known facts about the ‘Human Computer’

Fact 2

A lot of people do not know the fact that she wrote ‘The world of homosexuals’ which is today regarded as the first conducted study and published work on homosexuality in the Indian context.

Lesser known facts about the ‘Human Computer’

Fact 3

One fine day, when a 3 year old Shakuntala was being taught a card trick by her father, he discovered that she had an amazing ability for mathematical calculations.

Lesser known facts about the ‘Human Computer’

Fact 4

A 6 year old Shakuntala showed the world her skills at the University of Mysore.

Lesser known facts about the ‘Human Computer’

Fact 5

Her father had joined the circus and she used to perform with him sometimes on the streets and showcased her skills by performing mathematical calculations at an amazing speed.

Lesser known facts about the ‘Human Computer’

Fact 6

It was in 1944, that she and her father shifted base to London and it was the English media that brought attention to her, after she showed her skills across various institutes.

Lesser known facts about the ‘Human Computer’

So, before you gear up for a premiere of ‘Shakuntala Devi’ at home, do take a moment to remember her achievements!