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Aryabhata (ISO: Āryabhaṭa) or Aryabhata I (476–550 CE) was an Indian mathematician and astronomer of the classical age of Indian mathematics and Indian astronomy. He flourished in the Gupta period and produced works such as the Aryabhatiya (which mentions that in 3600 Kali Yuga, 499 CE, he was 23 years old) and the Arya-siddhanta. Aryabhata created a system of phonemic number notation in which numbers were represented by consonant-vowel monosyllables. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Aryabhata has received more than 7,891,691 page views. His biography is available in 84 different languages on Wikipedia. Aryabhata is the 17th most popular astronomer (up from 23rd in 2019), the 31st most popular biography from India (up from 38th in 2019) and the most popular Indian Astronomer.

Aryabhata was a mathematician and astronomer who is most famous for developing the concept of zero and the number system that is used today.

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Among astronomers, Aryabhata ranks 17 out of 531Before him are Ulugh Beg, Hipparchus, Ole Rømer, Ja'far al-Sadiq, Carl Sagan, and Giovanni Domenico Cassini. After him are Neil deGrasse Tyson, Edmond Halley, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Robert Woodrow Wilson, Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi, and Charles Messier.

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Among people born in 476, Aryabhata ranks 1 Among people deceased in 550, Aryabhata ranks 1After him are Cosmas Indicopleustes, Damascius, and Buddhapālita.

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Among people born in India, Aryabhata ranks 31 out of 1,493Before him are Subhas Chandra Bose (1897), Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895), Sathya Sai Baba (1926), Kabir (1440), Adi Shankara (788), and Valmiki (-80). After him are Aurangzeb (1618), Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888), Padmasambhava (717), Amartya Sen (1933), Mahavira (-599), and Julie Christie (1940).


Among astronomers born in India, Aryabhata ranks 1After him are Varāhamihira (505).