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Shakuntala Devi

Shakuntala Devi is a calculating genius, born on November 4, 1939 in Bangalore, India. Her father was a trapeze and tightrope performer in circus. Her talent was demonstrated, while performing the card trick with her father when she was just three years old. At the age of six, she exhibited her immense calculation and memorization abilities ay Mysore University. At the age of eight, she succeeded at Annamalai University. Unlike other such prodigies, her abilities did not decline in her later life. She multiplied the two 13 digit numbers chosen randomly by the Computer Department of Imperial College, London with in 28 seconds. The time is probably for dictating the 26 digit answer, than for mental calculation. This event is stated on page 26 of the 1995 Guinness Book of Records.
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