Guinness World Records awards certificates to Shakuntala Devi for ‘fastest human computation’

New Delhi, July 30

Guinness World Records on Thursday honoured Indian math genius Shakuntala Devi with the lengthy overdue file title for ‘fastest human computation’, 4 a long time after she achieved the feat.

The quickest human computation is 28 seconds and was achieved by Shakuntala Devi by efficiently multiplying two randomly chosen 13-digit numbers, at Imperial College London, UK, on June 18, 1980.

The certification was obtained by Anupama Banerji, daughter of the late mathematician.   

Banerji stated she was barely 10 when her mom made the world file.

“Wherever I went, all people would speak about was that record. So I knew it was a huge achievement worldwide. I 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,” she informed PTI in an interview.

The honour comes a day earlier than “Shakuntala Devi”, a biopic on Banerji’s mom, begins streaming on Amazon Prime Video.                                

Directed by Anu Menon, the movie stars Vidya Balan within the title function.

Balan stated she is “thrilled” that Banerji will now have the certificates to cherish endlessly.

“While taking pictures for ‘Shakuntala Devi’ in London, we might meet Anupama Banerji typically. In my conversations along with her, I realised that the late Shakuntala Devi didn’t have an official certification from Guinness World Records – it wasn’t the norm then.

“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,” the actor stated in a press release.

Banerji stated Balan has “far exceeded our expectations” in enjoying the function of her mom on display.

“Her performance has been nothing short of astounding. Before seeing the movie, I was a little bit nervous about a few things as you have your whole life portrayed in front of you. But they have done it with so much grace. I see that spirit and attitude in Vidya,” she added.

Banerji additionally praised actor Sanya Malhotra, who has performed her function within the movie.

“Seeing yourself on screen is strange, but Sanya is brilliant. She has played me probably much nicer than the real me. Her acting is fantastic.”         

Craig Glenday, editor in chief, Guinness World Records stated Shakuntala Devi’s astounding achievement continues to carry its place of their archives after so a few 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.

Also starring Jisshu Sengupta and Amit Sadh, “Shakuntala Devi” is slated to be launched worldwide on Friday. PTI


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