The Computing Prodigy Shakuntala Devi Dead

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Mathematics Wizard Shakuntala Devi Dead Credited with solving complicated arithmetic problems with astonishing speed, and Guinness record holder, Shakuntala Devi died at Bangalore Hospital at 8.15 AM on Sunday of cardiac arrest. She was 73.

Shakuntala Devi was admitted for respiratory problems, which culminated into heart problem following which she was put on ventilator support. However she could not survive the sever cardiac stroke early Sunday.

Born on November 4, 1939, in Bangalore to an orthodox priestly Brahmin family, Shakuntala Devi started showing affinity with numbers when she was just three.

Multiplying two 13-digit numbers in just 28 seconds had earned her place in Guinness Book of World Record. She is also reported to beat one of the world’s fastest computers by 10 seconds in a complicated mathematics calculation.

Her childhood was difficult. She was thrown out of school within 3 months of joining at the age of 10 in standard 1, for not able to pay the fees. She was brought up in semi-slum area in Gavipuram, Guttahalli.

Shakuntala Devi dreamt of setting up maths university and R&D centre which would educate a cross-section of people using modern techniques, short-cuts and smart methods.

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