Shakuntala Devi

1929 - 2013

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Shakuntala Devi (4 November 1929 – 21 April 2013) was an Indian mental calculator, astrologer, and writer, popularly known as the "Human Computer". Her talent earned her a place in the 1982 edition of The Guinness Book of World Records. However, the certificate for the record was given posthumously on 30 July 2020, despite Devi achieving her world record on 18 June 1980 at Imperial College, London. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Shakuntala Devi has received more than 7,983,622 page views. Her biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Shakuntala Devi is the 2,218th most popular writer (down from 2,122nd in 2019), the 283rd most popular biography from India (down from 252nd in 2019) and the 44th most popular Indian Writer.

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  • 8.0M

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  • 55.46

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 44

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 2.77

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 5.23

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

Shakuntala Devi's book of numbers
Awaken the genius in your child
Gifted children, Education, Psychology
Mathematical recreations, Number theory, Ready-reckoners
Figuring the Joy of Numbers
Puzzles to Puzzle You
Astrology for You

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Over the past year Shakuntala Devi has had the most page views in the with 426,020 views, followed by Hindi (22,304), and Telugu (10,301). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Western Punjabi (601.98%), Basque (133.45%), and Estonian (100.72%)


Among writers, Shakuntala Devi ranks 2,218 out of 7,302Before her are Erich Segal, Frédéric Ozanam, Rebecca West, Mikhail Artsybashev, Audre Lorde, and Arsen Kotsoyev. After her are Maciej Stryjkowski, Joseph Heller, Wayne Dyer, Teimuraz II of Kakheti, Chittaranjan Das, and Renaud Camus.

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Among people born in 1929, Shakuntala Devi ranks 158Before her are John C. Bogle, Lennart Skoglund, Luis García Meza, Aleksandar Petrović, Walter Brandmüller, and Ed Asner. After her are Amitai Etzioni, Peter Sculthorpe, René Laloux, Vic Morrow, Camilo Torres Restrepo, and Jacques Deray. Among people deceased in 2013, Shakuntala Devi ranks 137Before her are Álvaro Mutis, Van Cliburn, Bebo Valdés, Margherita Hack, Chris Kyle, and Mitja Ribičič. After her are Mariangela Melato, Luis Cubilla, Robert Ressler, Marie-Claire Alain, Harry Reems, and Bill Foulkes.

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In India

Among people born in India, Shakuntala Devi ranks 283 out of 1,861Before her are Bhupen Hazarika (1926), Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit (1900), Begum Hazrat Mahal (1820), Ramdhari Singh Dinkar (1908), Ramaswamy Venkataraman (1910), and Hemachandra (1089). After her are Bismillah Khan (1916), Margaret Murray (1863), P. V. Narasimha Rao (1921), Alamgir II (1699), Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897), and Mohammed Rafi (1924).

Among WRITERS In India

Among writers born in India, Shakuntala Devi ranks 44Before her are Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay (1876), Mir Taqi Mir (1723), Surdas (1478), Abdul-Qādir Bedil (1642), D. R. Bendre (1896), and Ramdhari Singh Dinkar (1908). After her are Rahul Sankrityayan (1893), Jaggi Vasudev (1957), M. Karunanidhi (1924), T. H. White (1906), Jim Corbett (1875), and Bhavabhuti (null).