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Full name : Srinivasa Ramanujan
Alias : Srinivasa Ramanujan
Gender : Men
Country : India
Birthday : 22-12-1887
Address : Erode
Animals : The Pig
Zodiac : Capricorn
Died : 26-04-1920
Father : K. Srinivasa Iyengar
Mother : Komalat Ammal
Siblings : Sadagopan
Wife : Janaki Ammal
Children :
Education : Town Higher Secondary School 1906 - Government Arts College Kumbakonam Pachaiyappa's College 1920 - Trinity College Cambridge 1919 - University of Cambridge 1916 - University of Cambridge University of Madras
Position :
Activists : Mathematicians

Srinivasa Ramanujan was an Indian mathematician who made significant contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory, and continued fractions. What made his achievements really extraordinary was the fact that he received almost no formal training in pure mathematics and started working on his own mathematical research in isolation. Born into a humble family in southern India, he began displaying signs of his brilliance at a young age. He excelled in mathematics as a school student, and mastered a book on advanced trigonometry written by S. L. Loney by the time he was 13. While in his mid-teens, he was introduced to the book ‘A Synopsis of Elementary Results in Pure and Applied Mathematics’ which played an instrumental role in awakening his mathematical genius. By the time he was in his late-teens, he had already investigated the Bernoulli numbers and had calculated the Euler–Mascheroni constant up to 15 decimal places. He was, however, so consumed by mathematics that he was unable to focus on any other subject in college and thus could not complete his degree. After years of struggling, he was able to publish his first paper in the ‘Journal of the Indian Mathematical Society’ which helped him gain recognition. He moved to England and began working with the renowned mathematician G. H. Hardy. Their partnership, though productive, was short-lived as Ramanujan died of an illness at the age of just 32.

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