Last Updated: 11 Jul, 2022 | Views: 1460
Other Profession(s): Mathematician
Higher Education: Bachelor of Arts by Research
Srinivasa Ramanujan was a mathematician from India who lived in the era of British rule in India. Despite no formal experience in pure mathematics, he made significant contributions to mathematics, number theory, integrals, and continuing fractions. These contributions included solutions to things that were previously thought to be intractable. According to Hans Eysenck, Ramanujan first developed his own mathematical study in isolation. "He made an effort to encourage the top academic mathematicians to be interested in his work, but he mostly failed. They were not interested in what he had to offer them since it was too novel, foreign, and presented unexpectedly."
In 1903: Ramanujan borrowed a copy of G. S. Carr's compendium of 5,000 theorems, A Synopsis of Elementary Outcomes in Pure and Applied Mathematics, from a friend.
In 1912: He was offered a temporary position with a monthly payment of 20 rupees in the Madras Accountant General's office.
In 1913: Ramanujan and his family moved from Madras to Triplicane when Madras University hired him for a position in research.
In 1917: A London Mathematical Society membership was granted to Ramanujan.
In 1918: His election as a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, was the first to be made by an Indian.
Achievements and Awards:
• In 1910: Ramanujan was the first person to discover K3 surfaces.
• In 1918: Ramanujan was only the second Indian member of the Royal Society when he became a Fellow.
• In 1983: He was awarded the Noble Prize.
• He did not graduate from college as a young man because he failed his fine arts courses but excelled in math.
• Ramanujan publicized his first paper in the Journal of Indian Mathematical Society in 1911 despite having minimal academic education in mathematics.