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The Magical Mathematicians

On the birth anniversary of one of the world’s greatest mathematicians, Srinivasa Ramanujan, we celebrate four amazing and magical mathematicians who truly took his legacy forward.

Mathematics in India lies from Vedic to Modern times. There are many Indian mathematicians who have contributed a lot in this field with their intelligence and ideology.

Srinivasa Ramanujan, an Indian mathematician, was born on 22nd December 1887. His works are still been practised in the field of education. One of India’s greatest mathematicians, he died on 26th April 1920, at the age of 32 because of a disease named Amoebiasis.

Even though he died at a young age, his works are still prominent worldwide. On the day of Srinivasa Ramanujan’s birth anniversary, let’s know about some of the other top Mathematicians who have had recognised by their work and innovation.

1. Anand Kumar

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Anand Kumar from Patna, Bihar is the founder of Super 30 programme. Through this unique initiative, Anand coaches economically poor students for highly competitive and prestigious exams like IIT and JEE. who are economically backward in IIT and JEE sector.

During his young age, he showed interest in Mathematics. After his father’s death, he helped his mother to run a small business while simultaneously spending a lot of time studying mathematics. In 1992, he started Ramanujan School of Mathematics (RSM) with two students. Later in 2002, he started super 30 programme for free to coach students who can’t afford expensive tuitions.

In 2010 all of his students cleared IIT-JEE exams. He was awarded with S. Ramanujan award and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad award.  

2. Shakuntala Devi

One of the famous Indian Mathematician Shakuntala Devi, a “human computer” who solved calculations without using a calculator. She created history by beating the world’s fastest computer of that time in extracting the 23rd root of a 201-digit number in 50 seconds. Devi’s name was added in the Guinness Book of World Record for her intelligence.

Her intelligence of fastest calculations was noticed by her father at a tender age of three. Her father, who worked for a circus company, left his job to support her daughter in becoming a mathematical genius. She died in 2013 and she is still been identified for her complex problem-solving skills which shocked the whole world.

3. Mangala Narlikar

Mangala Narlikar, a Mumbai based mathematician is best known for her works on simple and advance arithmetic, she published several books on the subject in English and Marathi. Her books made it easy for the readers to learn and apply complex mathematics in various fields

A bright mind, Mangala completed BA Degree in Maths and MA Degree with the first rank. Her core fields are Geometry, Complex Analysis, and Number theory.

 4. Harish Chandra

Harish is one of the greatest personality in the field of mathematics. He was awarded AMS Cole Prize for his work ‘Representations of Semi-Simple Lie Algebras and Groups’ and he earned Ramanujan Medal for his wonderful work in Mathematics.

 The Indian government started the Harish Chandra Research Institute named after him. He was also honoured with Padma Bhushan for his works. Chandra died on October 16, 1983.

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Chaithra Srinivas

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