Srinivasa Ramanujan

##### Why is it celebrated?

Every year, the country celebrates **National Mathematics Day** on **December 22. **We celebrate it to commemorate the birth anniversary of Mathematician **Srinivasa Ramanujan-***The man who knew infinity*.

**Dr Manmohan Singh**, Former Prime Minister of India, made the declaration, during the inaugural function of the celebrations to mark the 125^{th} birth anniversary of Srinivasa Ramanujan. The Madras University Centenary Auditorium hosted it on **26 February 2012.**

#### Life:

From his childhood, Ramanujan had a huge passion for mathematics. So much that at the age of 12, he had mastered trigonometry and developed many theorems without any assistance.

In 1903 he secured a scholarship to the **University of Madras** but lost it the following year because he neglected all other studies in pursuit of mathematics.

Nevertheless, Ramanujan continued his work, without employment and living in the poorest circumstances. He got married in 1909. After that, he began a search for permanent employment that culminated in an interview with a government official, **Ramachandra Rao**. Impressed by Ramanujan’s mathematical prowess, Rao supported his research for a time. But Ramanujan, unwilling to exist on charity, obtained a clerical post with the **Madras Port Trust.**

#### Achievements:

In 1911 Ramanujan published the first of his papers in the *Journal of the Indian Mathematical Society*. Soon, his genius slowly gained recognition, and in 1913 he began a correspondence with the British mathematician **Godfrey H. Hardy.** It led to a special scholarship from the University of Madras and a grant from **Trinity College, Cambridge**. Overcoming his religious objections, Ramanujan traveled to England in 1914, where Hardy tutored him and collaborated with him in some research.

Later, in **1917**, The **London Mathematical Society **elected Ramanujan as a member. Following that, in **1918**, he also became a **Fellow of the Royal Society**, becoming the youngest person to achieve that feat.

Throughout his life, many health problems plagued S Ramanujan. Ttuberculosis and a severe vitamin deficiency at the time, confined him to a sanatorium. In **1919 **he returned to Kumbakonam, Madras Presidency, and soon thereafter, in **1920**, died at the age of 32.

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