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Nilakantha Somayaji

1444 - 1544

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Keļallur Nilakantha Somayaji (14 June 1444 – 1545), also referred to as Keļallur Comatiri, was a major mathematician and astronomer of the Kerala school of astronomy and mathematics. One of his most influential works was the comprehensive astronomical treatise Tantrasamgraha completed in 1501. He had also composed an elaborate commentary on Aryabhatiya called the Aryabhatiya Bhasya. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nilakantha Somayaji has received more than 212,069 page views. His biography is available in 19 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 17 in 2019). Nilakantha Somayaji is the 573rd most popular mathematician (up from 664th in 2019), the 435th most popular biography from India (up from 493rd in 2019) and the 9th most popular Indian Mathematician.

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Among mathematicians, Nilakantha Somayaji ranks 573 out of 823Before him are Karol Borsuk, Jean Frédéric Frenet, Charles Jean de la Vallée Poussin, William Burnside, Gino Fano, and Hillel Furstenberg. After him are Edmund Gunter, Pál Turán, Ilia Vekua, Jacques Pelletier du Mans, Yuri Manin, and Luigi Bianchi.

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Among people born in 1444, Nilakantha Somayaji ranks 4Before him are Galeazzo Maria Sforza, Gaston, Prince of Viana, and Dionisius.  Among people deceased in 1544, Nilakantha Somayaji ranks 14Before him are Valerius Cordus, Louis V, Elector Palatine, Ruy López de Villalobos, Antonio de Guevara, Teofilo Folengo, and Bonaventure des Périers.

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Among people born in India, Nilakantha Somayaji ranks 435 out of 1,493Before him are Kamala Nehru (1899), Krishan Chander (1914), Nagarjun (1911), Fathima Beevi (1927), Arundhati Roy (1961), and Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis (1893). After him are Mulayam Singh Yadav (1939), Prahlad Jani (1929), Bhagwan Das (1869), Meena Kumari (1933), Udham Singh (1899), and Rajinikanth (1950).


Among mathematicians born in India, Nilakantha Somayaji ranks 9Before him are Bhāskara II (1114), Augustus De Morgan (1806), S. R. Ranganathan (1892), Madhava of Sangamagrama (1350), Bhāskara I (600), and Jai Singh II (1688). After him are Sulochana Gadgil (1944), D. R. Kaprekar (1905), S. R. Srinivasa Varadhan (1940), Harish-Chandra (1923), Radhanath Sikdar (1813), and J. H. C. Whitehead (1904).