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National Mathematics Day 2018: India Remembers Mathematical Genius S. Ramanujan

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| December 22 , 2018 , 12:31 IST

India celebrated National Mathematics Day on December 22 to mark the 131st birth anniversary of famous mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.

Ramanujan made a substantial contribution to mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series and fractions without any kind of formal training in mathematics.

He was born in Erode, Tamil Nadu in Tamil Brahmin Iyengar family and was the second Indian and the youngest fellow in the history to be welcomed as a Fellow of the Royal Society, one of the world’s most eminent Fellowships.

He compiled 3,900 identities and equations before he lost his life at the age of 32. The Indian government declared 22 December to be National Mathematics Day in 2012.

This was announced by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on 26 February 2012 at Madras University, during the inaugural ceremony of the Ramanujan Centre for Higher Mathematics at the Alagappa University in Chennai.

On this occasion, Singh also announced that 2012 would be celebrated as the National Mathematics Year as it was the 125th anniversary of the birth of the Indian mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan.

Since then, India's National Mathematics Day is celebrated every year by organising numerous educational events at schools and universities throughout the country.

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The day's significance was enhanced In 2017 by the opening of the Ramanujan Math Park in Kuppam, in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh.

Various leaders paid their respect to the Indian mathematician through their tweets on social media.