Mathematically precocious earlyon, I listed numbers up into the millions when two years old, and factored the page numbers of the hymns in church.
Initially schooled at Cranleigh, I was awarded a scholarship to Winchester College due to my mathematical work and then attended Trinity College, Cambridge.
I helped reform British mathematics by putting it on a rigorous foundation.
I focused on pure mathematics, reflecting my detestation of war and the military uses of mathematics...even claimed that "I have never done anything 'useful'. No discovery of mine has made, or is likely to make, directly or indirectly, for good or ill, the least difference to the amenity of the world."
Though an avid cricket fan, I was always extremely shy, socially awkward, and somewhat eccentric (to some people).
In my research, I investigated mathematical analysis and analytic number theory, made some progress on the Waring problem and other ideas specific to prime number theory.
I mentored the Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, a collaboration that was "the one romantic incident in my life."
Answer:
G.H. Hardy (1877 – 1947)
