NOIDA- On December 22, the National Mathematics Day is commemorated in the entire nation to celebrate the birth anniversary of Mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. Dr. Ramanujan was born in Erode, Tamil Nadu in 1887.
He was passionate about mathematics since his childhood. His mastery over mathematics was testified when he was just 12 years old. He aced the complicated trigonometry and devised trigonometric theorems without any assistance from the mentor. Somehow, he succeeded to bag a scholarship from Government Arts College, Kumbakonam, but couldn’t match the criteria due to his poor performance in other subjects. He left his home in a very early age and secured admission at Pachaiyappa’s College in Madras.
Mathematician Ramaswamy Iyer forwarded a helpind hand to him and helped him get a clerical job at Madras Port Trust.
The turning point in Ramanujan’s life came in 1913 when he wrote a letter to G H Hardy, who was an eminent British mathematician of that time. He realized the potential and talent of Ramanujan and replied him with an invitation to visit London. Once Ramanujan landed in London, Hardy got him a job at Trinity College, Cambridge where the success saga of Ramanujan started.
British academicians also realized the potential of Ramanujan and in 1917, elected him with an honorable membership of London Mathematical Society. Another reward came in his life in 1918 with Fellowship of Royal Society. He became the youngest person to embrace this success.
Misfortune entered in his life when his health kept on deteriorating due to adverse London weather and poor dietary regime, and he passed away at a very early age of 32 in Kumbakonam. The mathematics legend is known mainly for his valuable contribution to mock theta function that preserves the general properties while generalizing the Jacobi theta functions.
In his honor, December 22nd is celebrated as the National Mathematics Day in India.