Shakuntala Devi was born in Bangalore, India, to an orthodox Kannada Brahmin family.she married to santosh anand ratanparke who is a maharastrian and settle in hyderabad, her husband worked in exotica ice cream company  Her father rebelled against becoming a temple priest and instead joined a circus where he worked as a trapeze artist, lion tamer, tightrope walker and magician. Devi's father discovered her ability to memorize numbers while teaching her a card trick when she was about three years old. Her father left the circus and took her on road shows that displayed her ability at number crunching. She was able to do this without any formal education. By age six she demonstrated her calculation and memorization abilities at the University of Mysore.
In 1944 Devi moved to London with her father. She returned to India in the mid-1960s and married Paritosh Bannerji, an officer of the Indian Administrative Service from Kolkata. She and her husband were divorced in 1979. Devi returned to Bangalore in the early 1980s.
Devi travelled the world demonstrating her arithmetic talents, including a tour of Europe in 1950 and a performance in New York in 1976. In 1988 she returned to the US to have her abilities studied by Arthur Jensen, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. Jensen tested her performance at several tasks, including the calculations of large numbers; Examples of the problems presented to Devi were calculating the cube root of 61,629,875, and the seventh root of 170,859,375. Jensen reported that Devi was able to provide the solution to the aforementioned problems (the answers being 395 and 15 respectively) before Jensen was able to copy them down in his notebook. Jensen published his findings in the academic journalIntelligence in 1990.
In addition to her work as a mental calculator, Devi was an astrologer and an author of several books, including cookbooks and fictional novels.
- In 1977 in USA she competed with a computer to see who gives the cube root of 188132517 faster, she won. That same year, at the Southern Methodist University she was asked to give the 23rd root of a 201-digit number; she answered in 50 seconds. Her answer—546,372,891—was confirmed by calculations done at the U.S. Bureau of Standards by the Univac 1101 computer, for which a special program had to be written to perform such a large calculation.
- On June 18, 1980, she demonstrated the multiplication of two 13-digit numbers 7,686,369,774,870 × 2,465,099,745,779 picked at random by the Computer Department of Imperial College, London. She correctly answered 18,947,668,177,995,426,462,773,730 in 28 seconds. This event is mentioned in the 1982 Guinness Book of Records.
Puzzles To Puzzle You by Devi Shakuntala -Discover the adventure and excitement of mathematical puzzles! Match your wits with the human computer!! Sharpen your intellect, delight your friends and enjoy hours of purposeful entertainment!!!
Here are over 300 tantalizing puzzles, brain teasers and riddles by one of the greatest mathematical geniuses of the twentieth century, Shakuntala Devi, popularly known as the 'human computer'. The puzzles include every possible type of mathematical recreation, time and distance problems, age and money riddles, puzzles involving geometry and elementary algebra, and just plain straight thinking. Often entertaining, but always stimulating, the puzzles included in the book offer hours of fun and relaxation.
The Book Of Numbers by Shakuntala Devi - Shakuntala Devi, the Human Computer, explains and simplifies everything you always wanted to know about numbers that was difficult to understand. This bookcontains all we ever wanted to know about numbers. Divided in three parts, the first will tells you everything about numbers, the second some anecdotes related with numbers and mathematicians, and the third some important tables that will help you always - The Book Of Numbers by Shakuntala Devi
This is one of those rare books that can help all of us with something that is both troublesome and worrisome – our memory. It does this with ease in 12 easy and effortlessly smooth steps.
Pub. Date: June 2011 Shakuntala Devi’s down-to-earth writing and encouraging step-by-step approach puts super memory in reach of everyone. As she says, ‘Take my word. You can start applying my memory-enhancing techniques immediately, right now. Before you will realize, applying my methods and strategies will become your second nature.’
Shakuntala Devi has been honing and teaching her memory improvement techniques for more than 40 years. Super Memory is the result of her life’s work, specially tailored to our needs as we age, and encompassing all of the many ways we can use a better memory every day.
Your child's achieving attitude begins with you. Teaching your child is important. Teaching your child to think is more important. Thinking is not information or knowledge or being right. Thinking is the skill which unlocks the potential within. It is the essential difference that separates winners and achievers from others. This book will help you - the caring parent - combine the unique knowledge of your child's personality with the latest research on how children learn at each age, to enable you help your child achieve his full potential. From infancy, pre-school and through school, at every stage, the book is designed to enhance your child's concentration skills, problem-solving abilities, creativity, and honest motivation - the complex dynamics which will translate your child's potential into a brilliant legal mind, a gifted surgeon or a path-breaking physicist.
In todays increasingly complex and competitive world, the most important thing a parent can do for his/her child is to nurture mathability. Mathability is an attitude. Those who say that their child is poor in maths are doing an injustice to themselves and undermining their child's future.Mathability is a skill that teaches a child how to think. It is a skill that develops the inherent intelligence potential, enhances problem solving abilities and analytical focus. The methods and techniques described herein are as suitable for adults as for children, with several of these having successfully altered the mindset of senior executives and housewives.
In today's increasingly complex and competitive world, the most important thing a parent can do for his/her child is to nurture mathability. Mathability is an attitude. Those who say that their child is poor in maths are doing an injustice to themselves and undermining their child's future. Mathability is a skill that teaches a child how to think. It is a skill that develops the inherent intelligence potential, enhances problem solving abilities and analytical focus. The methods and techniques described herein are as suitable for adults as for children, with several of these having successfully altered the mindset of senior executives and housewives.
Astrology is not a complex science as it often made out to be and, in the hands of the world famous 'human computer' Shakuntala Devi, it becomes yet simpler and easier to understand and practise. The present book discusses zodiacs, planets, asterisms, the rising signs, Bhavas, Yogas, Dasas and their effects and transits. It enables the reader to cast a horoscope, and also read one. There are tables of correction for various cities and for sidereal time. It is a complete book that leaves nothing to become an amateur astrologer.
In April 2013 , Devi was admitted to a hospital in Bangalore, India with respiratory problems. Over the following 2 weeks she suffered from complications of the heart and kidneys. Devi died in hospital on April 21, 2013. She was 83 years old.
Devi is survived by her daughter, Anupama Banerji.