Ramanujan

Asteroid 4130, Ramanujan, was discovered on February 17, 1988 by R. Rajamohan at Kavalur, Tamil Nadu, India. It has a period of 5 years, 127 days.

It was named after influential Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887-1920), a mathematical genius who worked mainly in isolation in his native India far from the European mathematics scene which was where math was "happening" around the turn of the 20th century. A Hindu of the Brahmin caste, he was celebrated for his piety by some biographers, although some who knew him said all religions seemed valid to him; he was a strict vegetarian. Ramanujan struggled with health problems all his life, had several siblings who died in infancy, and died at the age of 32. His name and legacy are used to inspire STEM students in developing countries.

Srinivasa Ramanujan


The meaning of asteroid Ramanujan seems to be to rig, grope, pinch (Damien Foor); sexual harassment, to be obnoxious, to alert, to punish, to arrest. It might also signify mathematics, mathematical ability, strict adherence to one's own creed, veganism, persevering despite personal difficulty.



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