The SASTRA Ramanujan Prize for 2019 will be awarded to mathematician Adam Harper, Assistant Professor with the University of Warwick, England. Ramanujan Prize
- The SASTRA Ramanujan Prize was founded by Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology & Research Academy (SASTRA) located near Kumbakonam, India, Srinivasa Ramanujan's hometown.
- It is awarded every year to a young mathematician judged to have done outstanding work in Ramanujan's fields of interest.
- The age limit for the prize has been set at 32 (the age at which Ramanujan died), and the current award is $10,000.
- The award was instituted in 2005 and today is easily amongst the top five awards of this type for mathematics.
- Many previous winners, including Manjul Bhargava and Akshay Venkatesh, went on to win the Fields Medal later.
- The citation said Mr. Harper was awarded the prize “for several outstanding contributions to analytic and probabilistic number theory.”
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- Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887-1920) was an Indian mathematician who made great and original contributions to many mathematical fields, including complex analysis, number theory, infinite series, and continued fractions.
- In 1911 Ramanujan published the first of his papers in the Journal of the Indian Mathematical Society.
- His genius slowly gained recognition, and in 1913 he began a correspondence with the British mathematician Godfrey H. Hardy that led to a special scholarship from the University of Madras and a grant from Trinity College, Cambridge.
- Ramanujan traveled to England in 1914, where Hardy tutored him and collaborated with him in some research.
- He worked out the Riemann series, elliptic integrals, hypergeometric series, the functional equations of the zeta function, and his own theory of divergent series.
- Though brilliant, many of his theorems on the theory of prime numbers were wrong.
- His papers were published in English and European journals, and in 1918 he was elected to the Royal Society of London.
- He died at the young age of 32, recognized by mathematicians as a phenomenal genius.