Shakuntala Devi Gets a Google Doodle for Her 84th Birthday

By Maryann Yin Comment


Google has created a Doodle to celebrate Shakuntala Devi’s 84th birthday.

Devi became well-known for her ability to generate complicated mental calculations which earned her the nickname, “the Human Computer.” Through her lifetime, she wrote and published novels, cookbooks, and nonfiction titles. Here’s more from the Times of India:

Shakuntala Devi figured in the Guiness Book of World Record for her outstanding ability and wrote numerous books like Fun with Numbers, Astrology for You, Puzzles to Puzzle You, and Mathablit. At the age of six, she demonstrated her calculation skills in her first major public performance at the University of Mysore and two years later, she again proved herself successful as a child prodigy at Annamalai University.”

In the past, Google has crafted doodles to honor many children’s writers and illustrators including Mr. Men series author Roger HargreavesPride & Prejudice author Jane Austen, and science-fiction writer Douglas AdamsHere’s a video from Google headquarters spotlighting the artists behind the doodles.