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.