A supremely gifted mathematician, Shakuntala Devi was nicknamed India’s ‘human computer’ for most of her life. Read more about her life and work in her obituary from BBC News. She passed away in 2013.
Among her adult feats, she was able to multiply two random 13-digit numbers in a few seconds.
She once calculated the 23rd root of a 201 digit number mentally in under a minute.
When given a date in the last century she could instantly calculate which day it fell on.
She was featured by Guinness World Records for this facility with numbers.
October 10th is Ada Lovelace Day! Today the world celebrates all of the accomplishments of women in science, art, design, technology, engineering, and math. Each year, Adafruit highlights a number of women who are pioneering their fields and inspiring women of all ages to make their voices heard. Today we will be sharing the stories of women that we think are modern day “Adas” alongside historical women that have made impacts in science and math.
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