The life of Srinivasa Ramanujan is a story of pure inspiration. From a humble family background, his was a life of struggle, sacrifice, determination and raw talent. His rise from the status of a clerk to a mathematical genius is an example of the heights man is capable of reaching despite all odds.
At a very early age, Ramanujan demonstrated a natural ability for the subject, and by 13 the young genius had mastered advanced trigonometry, in the process discovering some theorems of his own. By 17, he conducted his own mathematical research on Bernoulli numbers and the Euler-Mascheroni constant.
In 1913, Ramanujan wrote to Prof. G. H. Hardy, seeking the eminent English mathematician’s opinion on several ideas he had about numbers. Realizing the letter was the work of a genius, from someone who had no formal education in pure mathematics, Hardy arranged for him to come to England to work with him at Cambridge.
Right from the start Ramanujan's collaboration with Hardy led to important results. He made substantial contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series and continued fractions. He stated results that were both original and highly unconventional, such as the Ramanujan prime and the Ramanujan theta function. His formulae have found applications in crystallography and string theory to name a few. As a result of his contributions to mathematics, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.
During his short lifetime, Ramanujan independently compiled nearly 3900 results (mostly identities and equations), and his work continues to inspire a vast amount of further research till date.
India celebrates 22nd December, his birthday, as the 'National Mathematics Day' honoring both the man and his achievements.
Tata Realty and Infrastructure Limited (TRIL) pay a humble tribute to this mathematical legend by naming this state-of-the-art project after him.