SASTRA Ramanujan Prize

The Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology, Research Academy (SASTRA)based in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India, has instituted the SASTRA Ramanujan Prize of $10,000 to be given annually to a mathematician not exceeding the age of 32 for outstanding contributions in an area of mathematics influenced by the late Indian mathematical genius Srinivasa

Ramanujan. The age limit has been set at 32 because Ramanujan achieved so much in his brief life of 32 years. The prize is awarded each year at an international conference conducted by SASTRA in Kumbakonam, Ramanujan’s hometown, around Ramanujan’s birthday, December 22.

This prize was launched in 2005, based on the suggestion I made in December 2004 to the SASTRA Vice Chancellor, R. Sethuraman, when he offered to set apart $10,000 annually to honor Ramanujan’s memory suitably. I have had the privilege of being chair of the prize committee since 2005. The prize has won international acclaim and the many SASTRA laureates have gone on to win prizes with a hallowed tradition, such as the AMS Cole prize or the Fields Medal.