G. H. Hardy

Mathematician, Academic

1877 – 1947

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Who was G. H. Hardy?

Godfrey Harold "G. H." Hardy FRS was an English mathematician, known for his achievements in number theory and mathematical analysis.

He is usually known by those outside the field of mathematics for his essay from 1940 on the aesthetics of mathematics, A Mathematician's Apology, which is often considered one of the best insights into the mind of a working mathematician written for the layman.

Starting in 1914, he was the mentor of the Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, a relationship that has become celebrated. Hardy almost immediately recognised Ramanujan's extraordinary albeit untutored brilliance, and Hardy and Ramanujan became close collaborators. In an interview by Paul Erdős, when Hardy was asked what his greatest contribution to mathematics was, Hardy unhesitatingly replied that it was the discovery of Ramanujan. He called their collaboration "the one romantic incident in my life."

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Born
Feb 7, 1877
Cranleigh
Also known as
  • Godfrey Harold Hardy
Religion
  • Atheism
Nationality
  • United Kingdom
Profession
Education
  • Trinity College, Cambridge
  • University of Cambridge
  • Winchester College
Died
Dec 1, 1947
Cambridge

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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