Author: Dr Yash Paul Sharma
In 1919 (Cambridge University), when Ramanujan was ill, Hardy spoke to Sir Arthur Eddington, who was the Chairman of the Royal Society, London then, to make Ramanujan a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), which Hardy felt would act as a stimulus for further research by Ramanujan. Eddington was by then, May 1919, a celebrity, as a consequence of his successful expedition to South Africa, to observe the bending of light during a total Solar eclipse, confirming the predicted angle of deviation by Albert Einstein and hence of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. When Eddington asked Hardy whether Ramanujan could wait for the FRS to be awarded to him one year later, Hardy told Eddington that Ramanujan may not be at Cambridge since he was contemplating to send him back to India, whose warmer climate, he thought, would restore Ramanujan’s health and spirits. So, on February 28, 1919, Ramanujan was elected Fellow of the Royal Society. In India, February 28, is celebrated as “Science Day”, due to the discovery and announcement of the Raman Effect by Sir C V Raman on February 28, 1928. It would be fitting if it is also recognized as the day on which Ramanujan became a Fellow of the Royal Society — the first Indian mathematician to become a FRS Professor.
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Srinivasa Ramanujan, a great mathematician was born on 22 December 1887 who, with almost no formal training in pure mathematics, made extraordinary contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series and continued fractions. Government of India has declared his birthday as national Mathematics Day. NROER celebrate the birthday of this legendary Mathematician by organizing an online event from 22nd December, 2013. Various interactive resources for teaching Mathematics has already been uploaded on the website at http://nroer.gov.in/objects/tags/interactive%20collection/. Kindly, visit the repository, explore the resources and participate in the event.