Indian ‘human computer’ Shakuntala Devi dies at 83

Devi figured in the Guinness World Records for her outstanding ability

"Human computer" Shakuntala Devi
Image Credit: Reuters
India's "human computer" Shakuntala Devi could multiply two 13-digit numbers in 28 seconds. She died on April 21, 2013 at the age of 83.
06 Gulf News

Bangalore: Indian mathematical genius and astrologer Shakuntala Devi, who was dubbed “human computer” for her swift numerical calculation abilities, died on Sunday after brief illness. She was 83 and is survived by a daughter.

“Madam breathed her last around 8.15am today in a private hospital due to heart failure and renal problem,” said her associate Kavita Malhotra.

Shakuntala Devi was admitted to Bangalore Hospital in the city on April 3 since her kidneys became weak and she also had breathing problems.

Rated as one in 58 million for her stupendous mathematical feats by one of the fastest super-computers ever invented — the Univac-1108 — Devi believed in using grey cells to silicon chips.

Devi could multiply two 13-digit numbers in 28 seconds - a gift she realised at the age of three.

Born on November 4, 1929, Devi figured in the Guinness World Records for her outstanding ability and wrote numerous books.

Hundreds of people, including relatives and admirers were present at her last rites, conducted in the southern suburb of the city in the evening.

“She was a legend. Really, we didn’t expect madam to go like this. She was very lively and was looking forward to getting well soon. But her health was not good and it’s a great loss for all of us,” said Malhotra, who accompanied Devi on mathematical and astrological tours abroad.


  • Hyder Jaffer

    Apr 22, 2013 7:23

    A great loss for Indians. She was India's gem and genius. May God bless her soul

  • Pragadeesh

    Apr 22, 2013 4:18

    Greaat Loss!!! Her Photo Graph is the cover page for my Eight StandardMaths Book.May her soul rest in peace.

  • archana

    Apr 22, 2013 2:11

    I had witnessed the capabilities of this genius lady when she had come to my school back in the 80's. the students would ask her a sum and she would start engrossing us in other talks but at the same time would be putting her grey cells to work to give us the answer of the sum and thattoo within seconds. It is indeed a great loss. May her soul rest in peace.

  • Mohammad Iqbal pasha

    Apr 22, 2013 2:10

    We used to pass near her house in bangalore. it's a great loss. we love her and may almightly show mercy on her.

  • Shamil

    Apr 22, 2013 10:37

    I remember my mother telling me that Shakuntala Devi had once come to her school in India back in the seventies and she came there since the school requested her presence so that she could display her unique talent to the children. Every child in the school was given a chance to challenge her with the most complex calculation they could think of and she was able to give the answers to all the kids in a matter of seconds no matter how complimcated the caluclation was. She was a genius in the true sense!!

  • Abdul Khader Mohammad

    Apr 22, 2013 10:29

    It was a real loss for all Indians, we missed such a genius for our future generation. May the almighty rest your soul in peace Madam.