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A brief biography of The Great Mathematician Ramanujan by Mastermind Abacus



S. Ramanujan, a name reckoned by the World Mathematics Fraternity as one of the great contributors to Mathematics. He was born on the 22nd of Dec, 1987. We in India celebrate this day as the Indian National Mathematics Day.

We Mastermind Abacus show our special remembrance on this day by publishing this write-up.

Srinivasa Ramanujan the ace Mathematician, is best remembered for his work on the theory of numbers, including pioneering discoveries of the properties of the partition function.

Ramanujan developed his theorems and ideas at the age of 15. In 1903 he earned a scholarship to the University of Madras. He lost this the following year as he neglected other subjects because of his indulgence in mathematics.

He was married in 1909. Then after he began searching for permanent employment, he landed up as a clerk at Madras Port Trust.

Ramanujan"s papers were first published in the Journal of the Indian Mathematical Society in 1911. 

By 1913 he began to be recognized for his work and started correspondence with the British mathematician Godfrey H. Hardy. He was then offered a special scholarship from the University of Madras and a grant from Trinity College, Cambridge.

Although unaware of modern developments in mathematics, his expertise on continued fractions was far ahead of any living mathematician of the period.

His work includes the Riemann series, the elliptic integrals, hyper geometric series, the functional equations of the zeta function, He invented the Ramanujan summation.

His work had by now gone far beyond the borders, and his papers got published in English and European journals. 

 In the year 1918, he was elected to the Royal Society of London.

He left for his heavenly abode at a very young age of 37 in 1920. Although he was not a public person he was recognized by contemporary mathematicians as a great mathematical genius.

Several of Ramanujan remained unpublished when he passed away. Three of his notebooks and a sheaf of pages were found after his death. These are also referred to as the "Lost Notebook". The mathematicians are continuing to work on these unpublished results to verify them. 

Being Indians, being promoters of the Mental Math program Mastermind Abacus, we are proud of S Ramanujan the Indian mathematical genius. 

Our endeavor to help kids get over their math phobia, learn to do mental math and develop a love for numbers is our small way of expressing our gratitude to S Ramanujan on his Birth Day.  

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