National Mathematics Day celebrated on December 22
December 22 is celebrated as National Mathematics Day as it marks the birth anniversary of mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan. He was born in Erode, Tamil Nadu in the year 1887. He continues to be an inspiration for mathematicians across the world. Ramanujan’s house where his family moved after his birth, is now maintained as the Srinivas Ramanujan International Monument. He was the second Indian to be inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society, one of the world’s most eminent Fellowships. He is also the youngest fellows in the history of the society to achieve this feat.
He compiled 3,900 identities and equations before he lost his life at the age of 32. There is also a museum in Chennai that is dedicated to telling his story. It harbours photographs of him and his family, along with letters to and from, relatives etc.
According to The Better India report, Ramanujan used to put down his ideas in notebooks, in green ink. One of his notebooks known as the ‘lost notebook’ was later published as a book. He passed away on April 6, 1920, due to deteriorating health.
Fact sheet: There is a biopic about his life named "The Man Who Knew Infinity", directed by Matthew Brown.
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