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Srinivasa Ramanujan
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Srinivāsa Rāmānujan (1887-1920)
Born December 22, 1887
Died April 26, 1920
Chetput, (Chennai), Tamil Nadu, India
Nationality Flag of India.svg Indian
Alma mater University of Cambridge
Known for Landau-Ramanujan constant

Ramanujan-Soldner constant
Ramanujan theta function
Rogers-Ramanujan identities
Ramanujan prime
Mock theta functions
Ramanujan's Number that is 1729

Ramanujan's sum
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.

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  • List of Indian scientists
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  • continued fractions
  • Infinite series

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