31. Only in Spring of 1913, attempts were made by three people to present Ramanujan’s work to British mathematicians. Those three people were E. W. Middlemast, S. Narayana Iyer and R. Ramachandra Rao.
32. University College London’s M. J. M. Hill reverted back stating that Ramanujan did have some ability and taste for mathematics but there holes in his paper and that Ramanujan lacked both the foundation and educational background that were required by mathematicians to accept Ramanujan and his work.
33. Ramanujan didn’t give up and decided to write to Cambridge University’s mathematicians. E. W. Hobson and H. F. Baker were two professors who simply returned Ramanujan’s papers without even commenting.
34. On January 16, 1913, Ramanujan wrote to Godfrey Harold Hardy popularly known as G. H. Hardy. Hardy was a pure mathematician in University of Cambridge and one of the most eminent scholars of his time.
35. Hardy received Ramanujan’s letter with a 9-page sample of Ramanujan’s work. Glancing at the work, Hardy had a hard time believing what he was looking at. The outlandish originality came from an unknown mathematician and this made Hardy think for once that either it was fraud or someone among his colleagues was playing a trick with him.
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36. Upon receiving Ramanujan’s sample work, Hardy called for his friend J.E. Littlewood – another eminent mathematician from University of Cambridge. Hardy and Littlewood together looked into Ramanujan’s work for around 2 hours and 30 minutes and eventually came to a conclusion that they were looking at the papers produced by unknown mathematician of highest caliber.
37. Hardy wrote back to Ramanujan on February 8, 1913 stating that he was really interested in Ramanujan’s work and would like to see some proofs for the assertions made by Ramanujan. Even before the letter could reach Ramanujan, Hardy already contacted Indian Office planning for a trip to Britain for Ramanujan.
38. Upon knowing about the arrangement made by Hardy, Ramanujan declined because his Brahmin upbringing forbade him from visiting any foreign land. After this, Ramanujan’s work was further endorsed by former mathematics lecturers of Trinity College, Cambridge – Gilbert Walker.
39. Walker’s endorsement led to an arrangement for scholarship for Ramanujan in University of Madras. Ramanujan received Rs. 75 per month scholarship so that
he could continue with research. In the meantime, Hardy asked his friend E. H. Neville who was posted in Madras as a lecturer to mentor Ramanujan into visiting Cambridge.
40. In 1914 on March 17, Ramanujan set sail for London on S.S. Nevasa apparently after his mother had a dream in which the family deity ‘Namagiri’ asked her to step aside let her son fulfill the purpose of his life. Ramanujan reached London on April 14, 1914.