National Mathematics Day: Srinivasa Ramanujan and his exceptional life

Hailing from Erode, Tamil Nadu, Srinivasa born on December 22, 1887, though he had no formal training in pure mathematics, he made significant contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 22, 2017, 07.04 AM (IST)

India is celebrating National Mathematics day on Friday in memory of the math maestro Srinivasa Ramanujan.

Mathematician Day was declared by former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during the inaugural ceremony of the celebrations to mark the 125th anniversary of mathematician genius.

The ceremony was held at the Madras University.

Hailing from Erode, Tamil Nadu, Srinivasa born on December 22, 1887, though he had no formal training in pure mathematics, he made significant contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series.

Ramanujan also developed his own mathematical theorems; he independently compiled nearly 3,900 results mostly identities and equations which have opened new areas of work and inspired vast amount of further research.

Ramanujan was so exceptional that nearly all his claims have been proven correct.

Ramanujan was the youngest Fellows of the Royal Society and only the second Indian member and the first Indian to be elected a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.

The Indian mathematician was a deeply religious Hindu who credited family goddess for his mathematical knowledge.

Though being a  lover of mathematics Ramanujan hates going to school and he always tried to avoid attending, it is said that his family enlisted a local constable to make sure he attended school.

Ramanujan has mastered trigonometry by the age of 13 years old and started discovering his own theorems by he was 14 years old.

Ramanujan died at the of 32 in 1920 due to tuberculosis and a severe vitamin deficiency due to the difficulty of keeping the strict dietary requirement of his religion in England.