A mathematical wizard, a mathematician of highest caliber, a pure genius – Srinivasa Ramanujan is one of those few mathematicians in this world who stunned the entire world with his knowledge, his originality and his astounding mathematical works that mathematicians of his era couldn’t even think of. In this article on Srinivasa Ramanujan facts, we are going to a take a look into his life, his early love with mathematics and his journey to England. We will also take a look at some of his contributions to the world of mathematics. So, let us start…
Srinivasa Ramanujan Facts: 1-5 | Early Life (Childhood)
1. Srinivasa Ramanujan was born in British India. To be more specific, he was born in Erode in Madras Presidency (today known as Tamil Nadu). He was born on December 22, 1887.
2. He was born in a poor Tamil Brahmin Iyengar family. His father worked in a Sari Shop as a clerk. His father’s name was K. Srinivasa Iyengar. His mother (Komalatammal) was on the other hand a housewife but also earned a few bucks by singing in a local temple.
3. Ramanujan was the eldest of the 5 children of K. Srinivasa Iyengar and Komalatammal. Unfortunately however, three siblings of Ramanujan died before they could even reach the age of 1 year. The youngest sibling of Ramanujan was born in 1905 and his name was Tirunarayanan. He survived till 1978.
4. Ramanujan himself contracted smallpox in 1889 but was a lucky child to have recovered. That same year some 4,000 other people in Thanjavur district (where Ramanujan was born) died because of smallpox.
5. After he recovered from smallpox, he and his mother went to his maternal grandparents’ house in Kanchipuram located close to Madras (currently known as Chennai). Unfortunately, his maternal grandfather lost his job soon after and he returned back to Kumbakonam (place where he was born).
Srinivasa Ramanujan Facts: 6-10 | Early Life (Childhood)
6. Back at Kumbakonam, Ramanujan was sent to Kangayan Primary School. Later, his parental grandfather died and this is when Ramanujan was sent back to Kanchipuram to stay with his maternal grandparent.
7. There he was again sent to a primary school but because he didn’t like the school there, he avoided attending the same. This forced his family to enlist a local constable to ensure that he attended the school.
8. Ramanujan’s persistence about not attending the school in Kanchipuram eventually forced his family to send him back to Kumbakonam within a span of just 6 months.
9. At Kumbakonam, he mostly stayed with his mother because his father spent most of his time working. His mother was highly religious and gave Ramanujan the same teachings. He followed a strictly vegetarian diet, learned about traditions and puranas. He attended pujas in temple and learned how to perform pujas.
10. In November 1897, right before he attained the age of 10 years, he managed to pass the primary examinations from Kangayan Primary School scoring best scores in whole of district in arithmetic, geography, Tamil and English.