“Human Computer” Shakuntala Devi honoured with Guinness Record

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New Delhi: Indian math genius Shakuntala Devi honoured with Guinness World Records on Thursday, with long overdue record title for “Fastest human computation”. The Guinness Book honoured her with the award, after she achieved the feat four decades back. “Shakuntala Devi” movie is going to be released worldwide on Friday.

Shakuntala Devi successfully multiplying two randomly selected 13 digit numbers, the fastest human computation in 28 seconds at Imperial College London in UK on June 18th 1980. Shakuntala Devi honoured this award after her demise; her daughter Anupama Benerjee received the Guinness Book certificate. Anupama said that her mother made this world record when she was just 10 years old.

Anupama Benerjee recollected her past days with her mother and said that “Wherever she went, all people would speak about was that record. So she knew it was a huge achievement worldwide. She 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”.

The honour comes a day before “Shakuntala Devi”, a biopic on Benerjee’s mother, starts streaming on Amazon Prime Video; Directed by Anu Menon, Vidya Balan played the title role as Shakuntala Devi. Vidya Balan said she is “thrilled” that Benerjee will now have the certificate to cherish forever.

Vidya Balan in a statement said that “Vikram Malhotra (producer) and I were, therefore, very keen to make this happen and along with the Amazon team, we reached out to the Guinness World Records team who provided us with every support”. Anupama Benerjee also praised actor Sanya Malhotra, who has played her role in the film.

Craig Glenday, editor in chief, Guinness World Records said Shakuntala Devi’s astounding achievement continues to hold its place in their archives after so many years. “No one has been able to even equal, let alone break, this record which is a testament to both the exceptional power of Ms Devi’s mind and the significance of this particular mental challenge. A global celebration of the life and career of the ‘Human Computer’ is long overdue, and Guinness World Records is honoured to play its part in championing this unique individual,” added Glenday.

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