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'Human computer' dies: Indian math wizard with strange powers dead at 83

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It was reported on April 23, 2013, that Shakuntala Devi died in Bangalore, India. Devi, who was also known as the "human computer" died at age 83 on Sunday according to the New York Times. The cause of death was cardiac and respiratory problems.

She was known for the strange power to make mathematical calculations faster than a computer. Born on Nov. 4, 1929, Devi demonstrated her exceptional math skills from an early age. Her father was in the circus and she started performing there at 5. By age 6 she was involved with road shows including on at the University of Mysore.

"In 1977, at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, she extracted the 23rd root of a 201-digit number in 50 seconds, beating a Univac computer, which took 62 seconds."

She was in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1982 for multiplying 2 13-digit numbers at the Imperial College in London in 28 seconds. Math to her was as natural as speaking English is to most. In addition to her remarkable math skill she was also an astrologer and a writer.

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