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Swami Vivekananda

Srinivasa Ramanujan

When he graduated from Town High in 1904, Ramanujan was awarded the K. Ranganatha Rao prize for mathematics by the school's headmaster, Krishnaswami Iyer. Iyer introduced Ramanujan as an outstanding student who deserved scores higher than the maximum possible marks. He received a scholarship to study at Government College in Kumbakonam,known as the "Cambridge of South India." Ramanujan is generally hailed as an all time great mathematician, like Leonhard Euler, Carl Friedrich Gauss or Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi, for his natural mathematical genius.

Uttamadhanapuram Venkatasubbaiyer Swaminatha Iyer

He was a Tamil scholar and researcher who was instrumental in bringing many long-forgotten works of classical Tamil literature to light. His singular effort over five decades brought to light major literary works in Tamil and contributed vastly to the enrichment of its literary heritage. Dr. Iyer published over 91 books in his lifetime, on a variety of matters connected to classical Tamil literature, and collected 3067 paper manuscripts, palm leaf manuscripts and notes of various kinds. He is affectionly called as "Tamil Thatha" (Grandfather of Tamil).

Tamil Thatha

M. S. Subbulakshmi

Rt. Hon'ble V. S. Srinivasa Sastri

He was an educator, statesman, legislator and ambassador from India. He was especially renowned for his exemplary command of the English language and remarkable oratorial skills. He was born on September 22, 1869, in the village of Valangaiman, near Kumbakonam, to the poor Vaidik Sankaranarayana Sastri. Sastri had a brilliant stint at the Native High School, Kumbakonam, and then in the government college in the same town. He was a freedom fighter, orator and teacher. Was called the "Silver Tongued Orator of the British Empire" by Winston Churchill.

Shri Chinnaswami Rajam

He was born on 28th Nov. 1882, in the village of Swamimalai, near Kumbakonam. He did his High School education at the Town High School, Kumbakonam. He only started the Kumbakonam Electric Supply Corporation Ltd. in 1932, and the Negapatam Electric Supply Company Ltd. and Indian Steel Rolling Mills Ltd. in the year 1933, and these companies have flourished very well. Also he was the chairman of : The India Company Ltd. The Garage Ltd. The Indian Steel Rolling Mills Ltd. The Kumbakonam Electric Supply Corporation Ltd. The Negapatam Electric Supply Company Ltd. He is the founder of MIT.

Chinnasamy Rajam

M S Swaminathan

Monkombu Sambasivan Swaminathan

He is an Indian agriculture scientist, born on August 7, 1925, in Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu. He was the second of four sons of a surgeon. His ancestral home is the island village of Monkompu, Alleppey District, Kerala. He is known as the "Father of the Green Revolution in India" , for his leadership and success in introducing and further developing high-yielding varieties of wheat in India. He is founder and Chairman of the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation, leading the 'Evergreen Revolution'.

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