One of India’s geniuses, Srinivasa Ramanujan was born on December 22, 1887. His contributions to mathematics are renowned worldwide contributions to the theory of numbers include pioneering discoveries of the properties of the partition function.
Born in Erode, Ramanujan as a school kid nurtured a passion for Mathematics and taught himself advanced concepts in Mathematics by reading the book by G S Carr called Synopsis of elementary results in pure mathematics. In 1911 Ramanujan published the first of his papers in the Journal of the Indian Mathematical Society. Ramanujan traveled to England in 1914, where the British mathematician Godfrey H. Hardy tutored him and collaborated with him in some research. Ramanujan’s years in England were mathematically productive, and he gained the recognition he hoped for. Cambridge granted him a Bachelor of Science degree “by research” in 1916, and he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1918.
Due to a deteriorating health condition, he sailed back to India in 1918 but passed away on April 26, 1919. Ramanujan left a number of unpublished notebooks filled with theorems that mathematicians have continued to study.