Every year, the 22nd of December is observed as National Mathematics Day to mark Srinivasa Ramanujan’s birthday. Ramanujan was born in 1887 in Erode district of Tamil Nadu in a Tamil Brahmin Iyengar family.
He joined the Government college in Kumbakonam in 1903. In the year 1912, he joined Madras Port Trust in the clerical cadre. It was there that his mathematical skills were discovered by his colleague who was also a mathematician. He referred Ramanujan to Professor GH Hardy at Trinity College, Cambridge University. Ramanujan joined Trinity College just a few months before the start of the first world war. In 1916, he received a Bachelor of Science degree. He was elected to the London Mathematical Society in 1917. The next year, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for his research on Elliptic Functions and the theory of numbers. Ramanujan became the first Indian to be elected a Fellow of Trinity College. .
He returned to India in 1919 and passed away a year later at the young age of 32. There was a movie made based on his life in the year 2015 titled ‘The man who knew infinity.’