Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, among others, have reportedly pledged to form a foundation in the name of legendary Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.
Russian billionaire Yuri Milner held a screening of “The Man Who Knew Infinity” a biopic on Ramanujam, directed by Matthew Brown, over the weekend at the Silicon Valley. “Sundar Pichai (CEO, Google), Sergey Brin (founder, Google), Mark Zuckerberg(founder, Facebook), Brendan Iribe (CEO of Oculus VR), and some other’s. As per Reports most of them came out with tears.
Some of those, including Zuckerberg and Pichai, who saw this deeply moving film on the life of mathematician who journeyed from anonymity in his village in Tamil Nadu to everlasting fame in England have pledged to form a foundation in Ramanujan’s name.
In the film, set in 1913, actor Dev Patel essays Ramanujan, a 25-year-old shipping clerk and self-taught genius, who failed out of college due to his near-obsessive, solitary study of mathematics. Though Ramanujan had almost no formal training in pure mathematics, he made extraordinary contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series, and continued fractions.
Srinivasa Ramanujan passed away at the age of 32 in 1920. A Biopic based on Ramanujan’s life titled “The Man Who Knew Infinity”, is scheduled for release in India on Friday, April 29.