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G.H. Hardy

British mathematician

1877   -   1947

country of citizenship: United Kingdom
language of expression: English
educated at: Trinity College, Cranleigh School, Winchester College
occupation: mathematician, academic, university teacher
award received: Fellow of the Royal Society, Copley Medal, Royal medal, De Morgan Medal, Josiah Willard Gibbs Lectureship, Chauvenet Prize, Sylvester Medal, Smith's Prize
student of: E. T. Whittaker
influenced by: Camille Jordan

Godfrey Harold Hardy (7 February 1877 – 1 December 1947) was an English mathematician, known for his achievements in number theory and mathematical analysis. In biology, he is known for the Hardy–Weinberg principle, a basic principle of population genetics. G. H. Hardy is usually known by those outside the field of mathematics for his 1940 essay A Mathematician's Apology, often considered one of the best insights into the mind of a working mathematician written for the layperson. Starting in 1914, Hardy 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. In a lecture on Ramanujan, Hardy said that "my association with him is the one romantic incident in my life".
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