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 Srinivasa Ramanujan was one of India 's mathematical geniuses. He made wonderful contributions to the field of advanced mathematics.

Even today, his fascinating results and mathematical theories, and a number of unpublished notebooks filled with theorems, continue to baffle and enthrall mathematicians.

Ramanujan was born in his grandmother 's house in Erode, a small village near Chennai in Tamil Nadu. While he was still a baby, his mother took him to Kumbakonam, near Chennai, where his father worked as a clerk in a cloth merchant 's shop.

Srinivasa Aiyangar Ramanujan - A brief biography, Biographies for kids: 48_1.gif He joined the Town High School there in January 1898 and was a very good student. But his real aptitude lay in mathematics. He read GS Carr 's Synopsis of elementary results in pure mathematics to teach himself mathematics.

He got a scholarship for his first year at the Government College in Kumbakonam. But he devoted more time to mathematics and neglected his other subjects.

In 1906, Ramanujan joined Pachaiyappa 's College at Chennai. He passed in math, but flunked all his other subjects. In the following years, he worked on developing his own ideas in mathematics, without having a real idea of the research topics then. All he had were the topics in Carr 's book.

On 14 July 1909, he married a nine-year-old girl his mother arranged for him. However, Ramanujan did not live with his wife until she was 12-years-old.

During this period, he published many papers and was becoming well known in Chennai as a mathematical genius. In 1913, while he worked as a clerk in the Indian Mathematical Society, Ramanujan wrote to Cambridge mathematician, GH Hardy, and told him about his work. He had read Hardy 's 1910 book Orders of Infinity.

Soon a regular correspondence developed between the two. And in 1914 Ramanujan enrolled at Trinity College, Cambridge. There, Hardy and Ramanujan began collaborating.

But Ramanujan did not keep well. Being an orthodox Brahmin, he was a strict vegetarian. During World War I, when food was already scarce, it got harder for him to get special food and Ramanujan began having health problems. But, with Hardy 's encouragement, he continued to publish papers which were very well-received in the academic community.

In 1916, Ramanujan graduated from Cambridge with a Bachelor of Science by Research. (This degree was recognised as a Ph.D. after 1920). But a year later he fell seriously ill and his doctors feared that he would die.

Ramanujan was elected as fellow of the Cambridge Philosophical Society in 1918. At the same time, he was elected as fellow of the Royal Society of London. This was a great honour to him and his health seemed to improve.

But when Ramanujan arrived in India on 13 March that year, he was dying. Despite medical treatment, he died in 1920.

 

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Srinivasa Ramanujan was one of India 's greatest mathematical geniuses. He made contributions to the analytical theory of numbers and worked on elliptic functions, continued fractions, and infinite series. 
Ramanujan was born in his grandmother 's house in Erode on December 22, 1887. When Ramanujan was a year old his mother took him to the town of Kumbakonam, near Madras. His father worked in Kumbakonam as a clerk in a cloth merchant 's shop. 
When he was five years old, Ramanujan went to the primary school in Kumbakonam although he would attend several different primary schools before entering the Town High School in Kumbakonam in January 1898. At the Town High School, Ramanujan did well in all his school subjects and showed himself as a talented student. In 1900 he began to work on his own on mathematics summing geometric and arithmetic series. 
Ramanujan was shown how to solve cubic equations in 1902 and he went on to find his own method to solve the quartic.

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Srinivasa Ramanujan (22 December 1887 26 April 1920) was an Indian mathematician and autodidact who, with almost no formal training in pure mathematics, made extraordinary contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series, and continued fractions. Ramanujan initially developed his own mathematical research in isolation, which was quickly recognized by Indian mathematicians. When his skills became apparent to the wider mathematical community, centered in Europe at the time, he began a famous partnership with the English mathematician G. H. Hardy. He rediscovered previously known theorems in addition to producing new work. Ramanujan was said to be a natural genius, in the same league as mathematicians such as Euler and Gauss.

During his short life, Ramanujan independently compiled nearly 3900 results (mostly identities and equations). Nearly all his claims have now been proven correct, although a small number of these results were actually false and some were already known. He stated results that were both original and highly unconventional, such as the Ramanujan prime and the Ramanujan theta function, and these have inspired a vast amount of further research. The Ramanujan Journal, an international publication, was launched to publish work in all areas of mathematics influenced by his work.

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he was an Indian mathematician and, with almost no formal training inpure mathematics, made extraordinary contributions tomathematical analysis,number theory,infinite series, andcontinued fractions. Ramanujan initially developed his own mathematical research in isolation, which was quickly recognized by Indian mathematicians.

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