BANGALORE, INDIA – The human computer has powered down. Astrologer Shakuntala Devi, most famously known as the “human computer,” is dead at 83.
She died at a hospital in India after checking in a few weeks ago for respiratory problems.
A common end to an uncommon life. Devi wowed the world’s top mathematicians in Dallas back in 1977, when she competed against a computer to see who could figure out the 23rd root of a 201-digit number faster. She got the answer in only 50 seconds. The computer? 62 seconds.
Devi earned her place in the 1982 Guinness Book of World Records after she correctly multiplied two 13-digit numbers in a mere 28 seconds. Even more amazing? She had no formal education.
Though larger than life, it looks like even this human computer couldn’t “escape” death.