Shakuntala Devi Awarded Guinness World Records’ Fastest Human Computation Certificate After 40 Years

Harin - Aug 04, 2020


Shakuntala Devi Awarded Guinness World Records’ Fastest Human Computation Certificate After 40 Years

Finally, after 40 years, Shakuntala Devi was finally awarded the “Human Computer” certificate from the Guinness World Records.

Finally, after 40 years after Shakuntala Devi got the title “fastest human computation,” she was awarded the “Human Computer” certificate from the Guinness World Records.

28 seconds is the fastest human computation achieved by Shakuntala Devi back on June 18 1980 at the Imperial College London in the UK after she did a multiplication with two 13-digit numbers that were selected randomly.

Shakuntala Devi
28 seconds is the fastest human computation achieved by Shakuntala Devi.

Anupama Banerji, the daughter of the late mathematician, received the certification on behalf of her mother. When Shakuntala made the world record, Banerji was around 10 years old.

In an interview, she recalled visiting the Trocadero Centre which is an entertainment complex. There was a room with Shakuntala’s picture.

A biopic of the late mathematician with the lead role played by Vidya Balan was released on July 31 on an OTT platform. The movie was directed by Anu Menon.

Vidya Balan
A biopic of the late mathematician with the lead role played by Vidya Balan was released on July 31 on an OTT platform.

Baland said that while shooting for the movie in London and meeting Anupama Banerji, the crew learned that Shakuntala Devi had never received an official Gunness World Records certification.

So Vidya Balan and producer Vikram Malhotra contacted the team at Guinness World Records to get the official certificate.

Editor in chief at Guinness World Records, Craig Glenday said that the achievement of the female mathematician holds a solid place even after so many years. No one has ever been able to match her talent.

This record is a testament to the Shakuntala’s exceptional power as well as the significance of this mental challenge.

>>> In Loving Memory Of Shakuntala Devi, The Indian Human Computer

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