The Life of Srinivasa Ramanujan
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Beginning of Srinivasa Ramanujan
Srinivasa Ramanujan was born in December 22, 1887, Erode, India. He lived with his Father, K. Srinivasa Iyengar, and his mother, Komalat Ammal. He died at Chetput, April 26, 1920, at age 32. (http://www.thefamouspeople.com)
Srinivasa's father, K. Srinivasa Iyengar, was a store clerk for a living. Srinivasa is the only child his mother, Komalat Ammal, had that lived after infancy. (http://www.thefamouspeople.com)
Why He is Famous
Srinivasa went to Town Higher Secondary School as a child. He didn't like it at first, but then he liked it, especially math. He went to many colleges. In 1906, he went to Government Arts College, Kumbakonam, and Pachaiyappa's college. In 1920, he went to Trinity college and Cambridge. He was poorly educated. (http://www.thefamouspeople.com)
What Impact he had on Us
Srinivasa struggled to get a good paying job after dropping out of college in 1910. Finally, he joined the Indian Math Society that same year. He married Janakiammal, a ten-year-old girl. The relationship may have not stayed together for long. He was a vegetarian. (http://www.thefamouspeople.com)
Srinivasa was considered a mathematics genius. He studied the partition function extensively. His work led to the development of a new method for finding asymptotic formulae, called the circle method. He was the first indian to be honored by Trinity college. (http://www.thefamouspeople.com)
Srinivasa was able to find the reciprocal of 3.14159265359, or Pi. He also evaluated definite integrals, which many programs today are made to calculate these. (http://www.sjsu.edu/faculty/watkins/ramanujan.htm)
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