On National Mathematics Day, India Remembers The Great Srinivasa Ramanujan

| December 22 , 2017 , 14:01 IST

World famous Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan had a short life as he passed away at the relatively young age of 32 years, but his contributions to the field of mathematics continue to live on. Ramanujan was immortalised in film as well, with Dev Patel essaying the role of the great mathematician in the 2015 film 'The Man Who Knew Infinity’.

The first signs of Ramanujan's genius became visible at the age of 11 years, and by the age of 12, he had mastered trigonometry and developed many theorems on his own with no assistance and no formal education.

In 1913, Ramanujan wrote to British mathematician Godfrey H. Hardy who recognised the youth's genius and called him to London. Ramanujan joined the famous Trinity College, Cambridge and in 1917 was elected as a member of the London Mathematical Society. In 1918 he became the youngest person to become a Fellow of the Royal Society. Sadly, the English diet and weather did not suit Ramanujan and he had to be hospitalised in 1917. He returned to India in 1919 but his health further deteriorated and he passed away on April 6, 1920.

During Ramanujan's short life, he independently compiled nearly 3,900 results as well as developing the Ramanujan prime, the Ramanujan theta function, partition formulae, and mock theta functions. In honour of Ramanujan's contributions to the field of mathematics, the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2012 declared December 22 as National Mathematics Day.

On Ramanujan's birth anniversary, celebrated annually on December 22 as National Mathematics Day, proud twitterati honoured the genius:

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