Ramanujan, Srinivasa

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Name
Ramanujan, Srinivasa Gender: M
Ayengar, Srinivasa Ramanuja
born on 22 December 1887 at 18:00 (= 6:00 PM )
Place Erode, India, 11n21, 77e44
Timezone LST m80e15 (is standard time)
Data source
Bio/autobiography
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 00°24' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 02°58 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 02°57'



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Srinivasa Ramanujan
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Biography

Indian mathematician, one of the outstanding math minds of history who contributed to the theory of number, of partitions and the theory of continued fractions.

Educated at the Government College at Kumbakonam, he obtained a scholarship for the University of Madras, but after his marriage in 1909, became a clerk in the Madras Port trust.

The recognition of his genius began when he wrote to G.H. Hardy at Trinity on 16 January 1913 and Hardy replied on 8 February 1913. His correspondence with Hardy led to another scholarship from Madras and a grant from Trinity, Cambridge, England. He left India by boat on 17 March 1913 and arrived in London on 14 April 1913 in spite of great difficulties caused by his caste as a Braman. His diet and religious observations were compromised by the great difference in life style to which he had to adapt.

Hardy helped him get into his original work, but the isolation of his life and difficulties in diet caused him great stress. He became ill in 1917, and in January 1918, tried to kill himself by throwing himself in front of a train. Rescued, he struggled on until he was able to return to India in 1919. He died on 26 April 1920 in Kumbakonam at age 32.

Ramanujan's notebooks were published in 1957, and his "Collected Papers" published in 1927 and 1962.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Events

  • Relationship : Meet a significant person 8 February 1913 (First response from G.H. Hardy, correspondence begun)
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  • Social : Begin Travel 17 March 1913 (Left India, went to London)
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  • Family : Change residence April 1913 (Arrived in London)
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  • Mental Health : Anxiety attack February 1918 (Ill and depressed, isolated and lonely)
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  • Death : Suicide Attempt February 1918 (Tried to thrown self under train in London)
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  • Social : Return Home 1919 (Returned to India)

Source Notes

LMR quotes Robert Kanigel "The Man Who Knew Infinity" p.11, "just after sunset." Sunset is 5:48 PM Madras time.

Sy Scholfield quotes from "Srinivasa Ramanujan: A Creative Genius" by K. Srinivasa Rao, Mathematical Models, Methods and Applications edited by Abul Hasan Siddiqi, Pammy Manchanda, and Rashmi Bhardwaj (Springer, 2015), page 229: "Srinivasa Ramanujan was born at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 22, 1887, at Erode, the parental home of his mother, Komalathammal."

Categories

  • Traits : Body : Diet unusual (Diet dictated by his religion as a Braham)
  • Traits : Body : Race (East Indian)
  • Traits : Mind : Education extensive (Madras scholarship, Trinity grant)
  • Traits : Mind : Exceptional mind (Mathematical genius)
  • Traits : Personality : Solitary/ Introvert (Culturally and intellectually isolated)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Nervous Breakdown
  • Lifestyle : Work : Work alone/ Singular role (Isolated by his singular work and being away from own culture)
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Eastern (Brahman)
  • Personal : Death : Suicide Attempt (Threw himself in front of train)
  • Vocation : Science : Mathematics/ Statistics (Mathmatician)
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Numbers (Genius in mathematician)
  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure (Math genius)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession