Ramanujan was born on 22 December 1887 in the city Erode, Madras Presidency, at the residence of his maternal grandparents.[10] His father, K. Srinivasa Iyengar, worked as a clerk in a sari shop and hailed from the district of Thanjavur.[11] His mother, Komalatammal, was a housewife and also sang at a local temple.[12] They lived in Sarangapani Street in a traditional home in the town of Kumbakonam. The family home is now a museum. When Ramanujan was a year and a half old, his mother gave birth to a son named Sadagopan, who died less than three months later. In December 1889, Ramanujan had smallpox and recovered, unlike thousands in the Thanjavur District who died from the disease that year.[13]He moved with his mother to her parents' house in Kanchipuram, near Madras (nowChennai). In November 1891, and again in 1894, his mother gave birth, but both children died in infancy. On 1 October 1892, Ramanujan was enrolled at the local school.[14] In March 1894, he was moved to a Telugu medium school. After his maternal grandfather lost his job as a court official in Kanchipuram,[15] Ramanujan and his mother moved back to Kumbakonam and he was enrolled in the Kangayan Primary School.[16] After his paternal grandfather died, he was sent back to his maternal grandparents, who were now living in Madras. He did not like school in Madras, and he tried to avoid attending. His family enlisted a local constable to make sure he attended school. Within six months, Ramanujan was back in Kumbakonam.[16] Since Ramanujan's father was at work most of the day, his mother took care of him as a child. He had a close relationship with her. From her, he learned about tradition and puranas. He learned to sing religious songs, to attend pujas at the temple and particular eating habits – all of which are part of Brahmin culture.[17] At the Kangayan Primary School, Ramanujan performed well. Just before the age of 10, in November 1897, he passed his primary examinations in English, Tamil, geography and arithmetic. With his scores, he stood first in the district.[18] That year, Ramanujan entered Town Higher Secondary School where he encountered formal mathematics for the first time.[18] By age 11, he had exhausted the mathematical knowledge of two college students who were lodgers at his home. He was later lent a book on advanced trigonometry written by S. L. Loney.[19][20] He completely mastered this book by the age of 13 and discovered sophisticated theorems on his own. By 14, he was receiving merit certificates and academic awards which continued throughout his school career and also assisted the school in the logistics of assigning its 1200 students (each with their own needs) to its 35-odd teachers.[21] He completed mathematical exams in half the allotted time, and showed a familiarity with infinite series. In 1903 when he was 16, Ramanujan obtained from a friend a library-loaned copy of a book by G. S. Carr.[22][23] The book was titled A Synopsis of Elementary Results in Pure and Applied Mathematics and was a collection of 5000 theorems. Ramanujan reportedly studied the contents of the book in detail.[24] The book is generally acknowledged as a key element in awakening the genius of Ramanujan.[24] The next year, he had independently developed and investigated the Bernoulli numbers and had calculated Euler's constant up to 15 decimal places.[25] His peers at the time commented that they "rarely understood him" and "stood in respectful awe" of him.[21] When he graduated from Town Higher Secondary School in 1904, Ramanujan was awarded the K. Ranganatha Rao prize for mathematics by the school's headmaster, Krishnaswami Iyer. Iyer introduced Ramanujan as an outstanding student who deserved scores higher than the maximum possible marks.[21] He received a scholarship to study at Government Arts College, Kumbakonam,[26][27] However, Ramanujan was so intent on studying mathematics that he could not focus on any other subjects and failed most of them, losing...

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Biography and Contribution of SRINIVASA RAMANUJAN
Born Died
22 December 1887, Erode, Madras Presidency 26 April 1920 (aged 32), Chetput, Madras, Madras Presidency
Residence Kumbakonam Nationality Indian Fields Alma mater Mathematics Government Arts College Pachaiyappa's College University of Cambridge
Academic G. H. Hardy advisors J. E. Littlewood Landau–Ramanujan constant Mock theta functionsRamanujan conjecture Ramanujan prime Known for Ramanujan–Soldner constant Ramanujan theta function Ramanujan's sum Rogers–Ramanujan identities Ramanujan's master theorem Influences G. H. Hardy Signature
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Srinivasa Ramanujan
Srinivasa Ramanujan 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 was said to be a natural genius by the English mathematician G.H. Hardy, in the same league as mathematicians like Euler and Gauss. Born in a poor Brahmin family, Ramanujan's introduction to formal mathematics began at age 10. He demonstrated a natural ability, and was given books on advanced trigonometry written by S. L. Loney that he mastered by the age of 12; he even...

...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.
It was in the Town High School that Ramanujan came across a mathematics book by G. S. Carr called Synopsis of Elementary Results in Pure Mathematics. Ramanujan used this to teach himself mathematics. The book contained theorems, formulas and short proofs. It also contained an index to papers on pure mathematics.
By 1904 Ramanujan had begun to undertake deep research. He investigated...

...Srinivasa Ramanujan Biography
Born: December 22, 1887 Died: April 26, 1920 Achievements: Ramanujan independently discovered results of Gauss, Kummer and others on hypergeometric series. Ramanujan's own work on partial sums and products of hypergeometric series have led to major development in the topic. His most famous work was on the number p(n) of partitions of an integer n into summands. Srinivasa Ramanujan was a mathematician par excellence. He is widely believed to be the greatest mathematician of the 20th Century. Srinivasa Ramanujan made significant contribution to the analytical theory of numbers and worked on elliptic functions, continued fractions, and infinite series. Srinivasa Aiyangar Ramanujan was born on December 22, 1887 in Erode, Tamil Nadu. His father worked in Kumbakonam as a clerk in a cloth merchant's shop. At the of five Ramanujan went to primary school in Kumbakonam. In 1898 at age 10, he entered the Town High School in Kumbakonam. At the age of eleven he was lent books on advanced trigonometry written by S. L. Loney by two lodgers at his home who studied at the Government college. He mastered them by the age of thirteen. Ramanujan was a bright student, winning academic prizes in high school. At age of 16 his life took a decisive turn after he obtained a book titled" A Synopsis of Elementary Results in Pure and Applied Mathematics". The book was simply...

...one would have had the imagination to invent them".
Thus was Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887-1920) introduced to the mathematical world. Born in South India, Ramanujan was a promising student, winning academic prizes in high school. But at age 16 his life took a decisive turn after he obtained a book titled A Synopsis of Elementary Results in Pure and Applied Mathematics. The book was simply a compilation of thousands of mathematical results, most set down with little or no indication of proof. It was in no sense a mathematical classic; rather, it was written as an aid to coaching English mathematics students facing the notoriously difficult Tripos examination, which involved a great deal of wholesale memorization. But in Ramanujan it inspired a burst of feverish mathematical activity, as he worked through the book's results and beyond. Unfortunately, his total immersion in mathematics was disastrous for Ramanujan's academic career: ignoring all his other subjects, he repeatedly failed his college exams.
As a college dropout from a poor family, Ramanujan's position was precarious. He lived off the charity of friends, filling notebooks with mathematical discoveries and seeking patrons to support his work. Finally he met with modest success when the Indian mathematician Ramachandra Rao provided him with first a modest subsidy, and later a clerkship at the Madras Port Trust. During this period Ramanujan had his first...

...Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887-1920) introduced to the mathematical world. Born in South India, Ramanujan was a promising student, winning academic prizes in high school. But at age 16 his life took a decisive turn after he obtained a book titled A Synopsis of Elementary Results in Pure and Applied Mathematics. The book was simply a compilation of thousands of mathematical results, most set down with little or no indication of proof. It was in no sense a mathematical classic; rather, it was written as an aid to coaching English mathematics students facing the notoriously difficult [Tripos examination, which involved a great deal of wholesale memorization.] But in Ramanujan it inspired a burst of feverish mathematical activity, as he worked through the book's results and beyond. Unfortunately, his total immersion in mathematics was disastrous for Ramanujan's academic career: ignoring all his other subjects, he repeatedly failed his college exams.
As a college dropout from a poor family, Ramanujan's position was precarious. He lived off the charity of friends, filling notebooks with mathematical discoveries and seeking patrons to support his work. Finally he met with modest success when the Indian mathematician Ram Chandra Rao provided him with first a modest subsidy, and later a clerkship at the Madras Port Trust. During this period Ramanujan had his first paper published a 17-page work on Bernoulli numbers that appeared...

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MATHEMATICIANS CONTRIBUTIONS: MODULE 4 - SRINIVASA RAMANUJAN (1887 AD - 1920 AD)
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MODULE 4 - SRINIVASA RAMANUJAN (1887 AD - 1920 AD)
SRINIVASA RAMANUJAN (1887 AD - 1920 AD)
Born Died Residence Nationality Fields Institutions Friend 22nd December 1887 AD 1920 AD Erode , Kumbakonam Indian Mathematics, Astronomy Cambridge university, madras university Hardy
Srinivasa Ramanujan, one of India’s greatest mathematical geniuses, was born in his grandmother’s house in Erode, a small village about 400 km southwest of Madras, on 22nd December 1887. His father worked in kumbakonam as a clerk in a cloth merchant’s shop. In 1917 he was hospitalized, his doctors fearing for his life. By late 1918 his health had improved; he returned to India in 1919. But his health failed again, and he died the next year. Ø Five years old – primary school Ø Jan 1898 – town high school in Kumbakonam Ø 1904 – he got scholarship Ø 1906 – he entered in to Pachaiyappa’s college Ø 14th July 1909 – he married ten year old girl S.Janaki Ammal Ø 1911 – His first paper published, 17 page works on Bernoulli numbers - journal of the Indian Mathematical Society. Ø Ramanujan was appointed to the post of clerk and began his duties on 1stMarch 1912. Ø 1914 – he went England Ø 1916 – Cambridge university granted him a bachelor of science degree Ø 1919 – he returned India Contributions · Ramanujam made...

...Srinivasa RamanujanRamanujan was born in India to a poor family in Erode, a city in Madras state. His father was a clerk and his mother a deeply religious housewife. None of these facts reflect who Ramanujan really was. He was a brilliant, self-taught mathematician whose ideas caught the attention of some of the prolific mathematicians of his time to include G.H. Hardy. In this short biography we will cover both his life and his contributions to mathematics.
As stated earlier, he was born in south India to a poor family but they were still respectable in the community. This gave Ramanujan the opportunity to attend school and begin learning elementary Mathematics. He was quickly realized as a truly brilliant student with most of his talent directed towards mathematics. Interestingly, his family would sometimes take in student boarders and one of them gave him a trigonometry text when he was twelve and he mastered it within a year. In 1903 he was awarded a scholarship to attend the Government College at Kumbakonam. He spent all of his time studying mathematics and ended up failing his other subjects and lost his scholarship and dropped out. He married Janaki in 1909 and acquired a job as a clerk. While the position did not pay much it allowed him much time to concentrate on his research.
Ramanujan went to Cambridge in 1914, despite the great strides he made in his work in corroboration Hardy and...