Shakuntala Devi

“Human Computer” and Pioneer in the Field of Homosexuality

Shakuntala Devi was born with a gift for numbers—she saw math and equations as a second language, and could complete impossibly-large calculations in her head, often faster than the world’s fastest computers. Born to a father working in the circus, he put her on display as a method of income. But Shakuntala never wanted to be a human computer, and her story is the story of a fight for individuality and purpose in the face of insurmountable pressure to be who she was “supposed” to be.