Mathematics Current Affairs - 2020

22nd December: National Mathematics Day

Every year 22nd December is observed as National Mathematics Day to celebrate birth anniversary of great Indian autodidact Mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.

This year, it will be the 128th birth anniversary of Srinivasa Ramanujan.

About Srinivasa Ramanujan

  • Srinivasa Ramanujan was born on 22nd December, 1887 in Erode district of Tamil Nadu.
  • He was considered as doyen of number theory, infinite series, mathematical analysis, and making formulas and equations without any formal training in pure mathematics.
  • Key contributions: As a mathematical genius, he had compiled more than 3900 mathematical results and equations.
  • His Ramanujan Prime and Ramanujan theta discoveries had inspired further research on this mathematical subject.
  • Along with British Mathematician Hardy, Ramanujan had discovered the smallest number represented as sum of two cubes 1729 which is known as Hardy-Ramanujan number.


In 2011, Union Government had declared 22nd December as ‘National Mathematics Day’ to celebrate Ramanujan’s 125th birth anniversary. Government also had declared year 2012 as National Mathematics Year.

Indian-American teacher Darshan Jain receives US Presidential Award

Darshan Jain, an Indian-American teacher has been selected for prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

He was named for the award by President Barack Obama along with 107 Mathematics and Science teachers across US. All of them were chosen for shaping America’s success through their passion for Math and Science.

Presently Darshan Jain is director of mathematics at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois. Previously, he had taught mathematics at this institute for eight years.

Jain holds a BA degree in mechanical engineering and master’s degree (MS) in secondary mathematics education from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

About Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

It is awarded annually to outstanding science and mathematics teachers from across US from K-12 (kindergarten through 12th grades). The award carries monetary prize of US 10000 dollars.