In our last article on Srinivasa Ramanujan facts, we learned about his early life and we learned how he went to Cambridge and eventually became a Fellow of Royal Society and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. We also learned about the extraordinary works he did (though not in details because it remains beyond the scope of any article we create here on this website) and learned about his early and unfortunate demise. We didn’t talk about some random facts of his life. In this article titled Srinivasa Ramanujan random facts, we are going to learn those facts and complete our discussion on one of the greatest mathematicians who ever walked the face of this Earth. We are proud that he was an Indian! Let’s begin…
Srinivasa Ramanujan Random Facts: 1-5
1. Ramanujan got married at the age of 22. The exact date of his marriage was July 14, 1909.
2. The girl he married was known as Janakiammal. She was only 10 years old when she got married to Ramanujan.
3. Ramanujan and Janaki didn’t meet up just as it happens today. Janaki was selected by his mother.
4. Ramanujan’s marriage was not attended by his own father.
5. After marriage, Janakiammal didn’t start staying with Ramanujan immediately. She stayed with her own parents for 3 years after marriage until she achieved puberty. She joined Ramanujan in 1912 in Madras.
Srinivasa Ramanujan Random Facts: 6-10
6. During his short lifespan, Ramanujan was plagued by some disease or the other. Right after getting married, he developed a condition known as Hydrocele Testis. It is a condition in which fluid accumulates in the scrotal sac.
7. At that time, Ramanujan’s and his family’s financial condition was really bad and hence, they couldn’t afford to go for a surgery that could easily get rid of the condition.
8. Lucky for Ramanujan, one doctor came forward and volunteered to operate him free of cost. The operation took place in January, 1910.
9. Late in 1910, Ramanujan was sick once again and this time, he sensed that it was serious. So, he met his friend R. Radakrishna Iyer and handed over his notebooks to Iyer saying that he should hand them over to Pachaiyappa’s College’s mathematics professor Singaravelu Mudaliar or to Madras Christian College’s professor Edward B. Ross.
10. Nothing really happened to Ramanujan. He recovered and took back the notebooks from his friend Iyer.