Shakuntala Devi Awarded Fastest Human Computation Certificate By Guinness World Records
Close on the heels of the release of a film on her, Guinness World Records honoured Shakuntala Devi, the ‘Human Computer’ with the long-overdue record title. The award comes four decades after the Mathematics wizard achieved the feat for ‘fastest human computation’.
The fastest human computation recorded is 28 seconds which was achieved by Shakuntala Devi when she multiplied two randomly selected 13-digit numbers, at Imperial College London, UK, on June 18, 1980.
The late mathematician’s daughter Anupama Banerji received the certification. Banerji was about 10 years old when her mother made the world record, reported IndiaTimes.
“Wherever I went, all people would speak about was that record. So I knew it was a huge achievement worldwide. I remember going to the Trocadero Centre (an entertainment complex on London’s Coventry Street). They have a room there which had mummy’s picture. It was fantastic,” India Times quoted her as telling PTI.