# Modern Indian Mathematician…

**Modern India Mathematician:**

**Modern India Mathematician:**

**SRINIVAS RAMANUJAN (1887-1920)**

*Srinivasa Aiyangar Ramanujan was one of India’s greatest mathematical genius, was born at Erode in Tamil Nadu on 22 December, 1887*.

*Srinivasa Aiyangar Ramanujan was one of India’s greatest mathematical genius, was born at Erode in Tamil Nadu on 22 December, 1887*

- His love of mathematics was unusual. Numbers seemed to draw him by a strange magnetism. In school itself at the age of thirteen, he came across a book called
**Synopsis of Elementary Results in Pure Mathemetic by G. S. Carr.**Though outdated, this bookHe started working and*introduced him to the world of mathematics.***developing his own ideas in mathematics.**He used to write his ideas and results and make notes on his findings. - He could not complete his college education as he kept on developing his ideas and started posing problems and solving them in the J
**ournal of Indian Mathematical Society**. In 1911, he published in the same journal a b**rilliant research paper on Bernoulli Numbers**. This got him recognition and he became well known in Madras circles as a mathematical genius. made it*Lack of formal education*for him to make both ends meet. With great difficulty he could get the job of a clerk at Madras Port Trust which proved fortunate for him. Here he*very difficult*who had training in mathematics. He found a book ‘*came in contact with many people***Orders of Infinity’ written by G. H. Hardy**. He. Hardy was quick to recognise his genius and he responded by arranging for him a passage to London. Despite his lack of required qualification he was allowed*wrote a letter to him in which he mentioned 120 theorems and formulae*from where he got his Bachelor of Science degree in less than two years. He formed a*to enroll at Trinity College***wonderful team with Hardy and J.E. Littlewood**and made amazing contributions to the field of mathematics. He published many papers in London. He was the**second Indian to be elected Fellow of the Royal Society of London**and the f**irst Indian to be elected Fellow of Trinity College**.- Ramanujan had an
**intimate familiarity with numbers**.**In 1917, he fell seriously ill,**but the numbers remained his friend, though his body betrayed him.**Unfortunately, his health became worse**and he returned to India in 1919, “**With a scientific standing and reputation**”. He**died in 1920**. His mathematical genius is a proof that India indeed is the birthplace and source of great mathematical ideas.

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