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Srinivasa Ramanujan



Srinivāsa Rāmānujan (18871920)


Born  December 22, 1887 
Died  April 26, 1920 
Nationality  Indian 
Alma mater  University of Cambridge 
Known for  LandauRamanujan constant RamanujanSoldner constant 
Scientific career  
Fields  Mathematician 
Doctoral advisor  G. H. Hardy and J. E. Littlewood 
Srinivasa Ramanujan Aiyangar (December 22, 1887 – April 26, 1920) was an Indian mathematician. He is considered to be one of the most talented mathematicians in recent history. His father's name was Kuppuswami and mother's name was Komalatammal. On 1st October 1892 Ramanujan was enrolled at local school. He did not like school so he tried to avoid attending. He had no formal training in mathematics. However, he has made a large contribution to number theory, infinite series and continued fractions.
He was mentored by G. H. Hardy in the early 1910s. After getting his degree at Cambridge, Ramanujan did his own work. He compiled over 3500 identities and equations in his life. Some of the identities were found in his "lost notebook". When the notebook was discovered, mathematicians proved almost all of Ramanujan's work. His discoveries have led to many advancements in mathematics. His formulas are now being used in crystallography and string theory.
In 2011, Ramanujan's birthday was made an annual "National Mathematics Day" by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Related pages
 List of Indian scientists
 Taxicab number
 continued fractions
 Infinite series
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Ramanujan's birthplace on 18 Alahiri Street, Erode, now in Tamil Nadu

Ramanujan (centre) and his colleague G. H. Hardy (extreme right), with other scientists, outside the Senate House, Cambridge, c.1914–19