Hoon Balakram

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Hoon Balakram
Born 1876
Died 1929
Nationality Indian
Fields Mathematics

Hoon Balakram (1876–1929)[1] was an Indian mathematician, civil servant and Bombay High Court judge.


Balakram was born in Jalandhar, Punjab in 1876. He received his master's degree from Panjab University, Chandigarh and later passed the Mathematical Tripos from the St John's College, Cambridge.[1]

In 1899 he passed the Indian Civil Service examination. Among other posts in his career he was appointed a Bombay High Court judge in 1929 a month before his death.[1] He also served as the president of Indian Mathematical Society from 1921 to 26.[2]

Mathematical achievements[edit]

Balakram proved in 1929[1] that the expression is an integer for infinitely many values of He further showed that the expression is an integer for only eight values of , namely, 5, 14, 27, 41, 44, 65, 76, and 90.


  1. ^ a b c d Thomas Koshy Professor of Mathematics Framingham State College (15 November 2008). Catalan Numbers with Applications. Oxford University Press. pp. 69–. ISBN 978-0-19-971519-0. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Succession List of the Office-Bearers of The Succession List of the Office-Bearers of The Indian Mathematical Society". Indian Mathematical Society.