Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, have pledged to form a foundation to commemorate the renowned Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.
Russian billionaire and founder Yuri Milner screened a biographical film by director Matthew Brown titled “The Man Who Knew Infinity”, based on Ramanujan’s life, during the weekend at the Silicon Valley, which was attended by the well-known personalities in the US.
The guests included Sundar Pichai (CEO, Google), Sergey Brin (founder, Google), Mark Zuckerberg (founder, Facebook), Brendan Iribe (CEO of Oculus VR) and about fifty other top people from the Silicon Valley at Yuri Milner’s house in Los Altos. Yuri hosted a very private screening and dinner for the film and they came out with tears,” said a spokesperson.
In the film, set in 1913, actor Dev Patel portrays Ramanujan, who was a 25-year-old shipping clerk and self-taught genius, who dropped out of college because he wanted to study mathematics in isolation by himself.
Though Ramanujan received no formal training in pure mathematics, he made everlasting contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series, and continued fractions.
He passed away at the age of 32 in 1920.