Sundar Pichai at the Google I/O developers conference
Sundar Pichai at the Google I/O developers conferenceREUTERS/Robert Galbraith

"The Man Who Knew Infinity," a biopic on legendary Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujam directed by Matthew Brown, appears to have inspired some of the biggest names in the technology industry, including Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, to create a foundation with the mathematician's name.

Sundar Pichai, Mark Zuckerberg and others who attended the screening of Matthew Brown's "The Man Who Knew Infinity" organised by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner have reportedly pledged to form a foundation in the name of Srinivasa Ramanujan, according to a report by IANS.

"Sundar Pichai (CEO, Google), Sergey Brin (founder, Google), Mark Zuckerberg (founder, Facebook), Brendan Iribe (CEO of Oculus VR), and some other fifty other '1 percenters' of Silicon Valley were at Yuri Milner's house in Los Altos. Yuri hosted a very private screening and dinner for the film and they came out with tears," a source told the news agency.

Big names in the technology world were said to be moved by the biopic that showed the journey of a mathematician from a village in Tamil Nadu in India to England where he became a pioneer in mathematical theories.

"The Man Who Knew Infinity" is based on the book with the same title written by Robert Kanigel. Set in 1913, the movie has Dev Patel playing the role of Ramanujan, a self-taught genius who in a big way contributed to mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series and continued fractions.