S. R. Ranganathan

Mathematician, Author

1892 – 1972

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Who was S. R. Ranganathan?

Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan was a mathematician and librarian from India. His most notable contributions to the field were his five laws of library science and the development of the first major analytico-synthetic classification system, the colon classification. He is considered to be the father of library science, documentation, and information science in India and is widely known throughout the rest of the world for his fundamental thinking in the field. His birthday is observed every year as the National Library Day in India.

He was a university librarian and professor of library science at Benares Hindu University and professor of library science at the University of Delhi. The last appointment made him director of the first Indian school of librarianship to offer higher degrees. He was president of the Indian Library Association from 1944 to 1953. In 1957 he was elected an honorary member of the International Federation for Information and Documentation and was made a vice president for life of the Library Association of Great Britain.

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Born
Aug 9, 1892
Sirkazhi
Also known as
  • Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan
  • Sirkali Ramamrita Ranganathan
  • S.R. Ranganathan
  • S. R Ranganathan
Religion
  • Hinduism
Nationality
  • India
Profession
Education
  • Master of Arts, Madras Christian College
    Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Arts, Madras Christian College
    Mathematics
  • University College London
Died
Sep 27, 1972
Bangalore

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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