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Ramanujan, whose full name was Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar was born December 22, 1887 and died April 26, 1920. He lived most of his life in several towns in south India including Madras and Kanchipuram. His interest in mathematics was piqued by early courses in his primary school and a textbook, A Synopsis of Elementary Results in Pure and Applied Mathematics, he found by an Englishman named G.S. Carr. With this book and very little other training, Ramanujan developed extremely advanced and innovative mathematical research in the following years. His interest in mathematics was so extreme and overwhelming that he took no interest in other subjects and was unable to do well in any other subjects in school. He did so poorly that he was unable in his native India to earn a college degree. Eventually, due to his interaction with other Indian mathematicians, he was able to publish several...

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