Shakuntala Devi was an Indian Mathematical genius born on 4 November 1929. Widely known as the ‘human computer’ her prowess in the field of Mathematics started at the age of 3 when she used to play cards with her father and started winning all the matches as she stared memorizing all the cards as the game progressed allowing her to win in the end. The title was however deemed on her when she appeared on a BBC show and solved a complex math problem within seconds. The host however went on to say that her answer was incorrect as her answer was different from what the host and his team had calculated. On further calculation it was shown that Devi’s answer was the correct one and the original answer was wrong. She also holds a Guinness Record to her name for accurately multiplying two randomly picked 13-digit numbers—7,686,369,774,870 × 2,465,099,745,779. She correctly gave the answer as 18,947,668,177,995,426,462,773,730 in 28 seconds. In 1969 she was awarded the title of the 'Most Distinguished Woman of the Year' by the University of Philippines. She also received the 'Ramanujan Mathematical Genius' Award in Washington D.C in 1988.
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