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SASTRA Ramanujan Prize 2022


The SASTRA Ramanujan Prize for 2022 will be awarded to Yunqing Tang, Assistant Professor with the University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A.


Facts for Prelims

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. About SASTRA
  2. About Srinivasa Ramanujan Ji
  3. National Mathematics Day


  • The award was instituted by the Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology & Research Academy (SASTRA) in 2005.
  • A cash prize of USD 10,000 is presented annually to individuals aged 32 and below, who made outstanding contributions in the field of mathematics, influenced by Srinivasa Ramanujan in a broad sense.
  • Ms. Yunqing’s works display a remarkable combination of sophisticated techniques, in which the arithmetic and geometry of modular curves and of Shimura varieties play a central role, and her results and methods are bound to have major impact on future research in this area.

About Srinivasa Ramanujan Ji

  • Born on December 22nd,1887 in Erode, Tamilnadu, the day is celebrated in his memory as the National Day of Mathematics.
  • Famous British mathematician Godfrey Harold Hardy acknowledged his talent in 1913 and invited Ramanujan to Cambridge.
  • Ramanujan made significant contributions and worked on elliptical functions to analytic number theories.
  • He worked on the whole number division, hypergeometric series and the constant of Euler as well.
  • He published his papers in English and European journals and was elected to the Royal Society of London in 1918.
  • Ramanujan compiled around 3,900 results consisting of equations and identities. One of his most treasured findings was his infinite series for Pi.
  • He discovered his theory of divergent series, worked out the Riemann series, the elliptic integrals, hypergeometric series, and the functional equations of the zeta function.
  • 1729 or the Ramanujan-Hardy number or the Taxicab number is unique in itself as it is the smallest no. 
  • He died after a long illness on 26 April 1920, in India.

National Mathematics Day

  • In 2012, then prime minister Manmohan Singh declared 22 December as National Mathematics Day.
  • National Mathematics Day is celebrated every year on December 22, honoring the birth anniversary of mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan. 
  • The main objective behind celebrating the day is to raise awareness among people about the importance of mathematics for the development of humanity.
  • National Mathematics Day is celebrated in various schools, colleges, universities, and educational institutions in India. Even the International Society UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) and India had agreed to work together to spread mathematics learning and understanding. Along with this, various steps were taken to educate the students in mathematics and spread knowledge to the students and learners all over the world.

-Source: The Hindu

December 2023