Sankara Variar

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Sankara Variar (c. 1500 - 1560) was an astronomer-mathematician of the Kerala school of astronomy and mathematics who lived during the sixteenth century. His family were employed as temple-assistants in the Shiva-temple at Trkkutaveli near modern Ottapalam.[1]

Mathematical lineage[edit]

He was taught mainly by Nilakantha Somayaji (1444–1544), the author of the celebrated Tantrasamgraha and Jyesthadeva (1500–1575), the author of Yuktibhāṣā. Other teachers of Sankara Variar include Netranarayana, the patron of Nilakantha Somayaji and Chitrabhanu, the author of an astronomical treaties dated to 1530 and of a small work with solutions and proofs for algebraic equations.

Works of Sankara Variar[edit]

The known works of Sankara Variar are the following:


  1. ^ Plofker, Kim (2009). Mathematics in India. Princeton: Princeton University Press. p. 220.