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Akshay Venkatesh: The man who won the Fields Medal

The Fields Medal is awarded to most promising mathematicians under the age of 40 every four years.

New Delhi: Akshay Venkatesh, a 36-year-old Indian-origin mathematician, teaching at Stanford University in the United States, is one of the four winners of the prestigious Fields Medal, considered to be the Nobel Prize  for mathematics.

The Fields Medal is awarded to the most promising mathematicians under the age of 40 every four years. According to a PTI report, Venkatesh was given the award for his “profound contributions to an exceptionally broad range of subjects in mathematics.”

He was presented with the medal at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday.

Who is Akshay Venkatesh?

  • Born in New Delhi, Akshay Venkatesh is an Indian-origin Australian mathematician.
  • Venkatesh was just 2 years old when he moved to Perth, Australia, with his parents. At the age of 11 and 12  he won two awards in physics and math Olympiads respectively.
  • Following this, at the age of 13, he finished his high school and then went on graduate from the University of Western Australia with first class honours in mathematics in 1997, at the age of 16.
  • By the age of 20 in 2002, Venkatesh had earned his PhD.
  • He now holds a post-doctoral position at MIT and has also become a Clay Research Fellow and is currently a professor at Stanford University.
  • Venkatesh is only the second Australian to win the Fields Medal. Flinders University graduate Terry Tao won the award in 2006.

Contribution in Mathematics

Venkatesh has made contributions to a wide variety of areas in mathematics, including number theory, automorphic forms, representation theory, locally symmetric spaces, arithmetic geometry, topology, and
ergodic theory, by himself, and in collaboration with several mathematicians.

Awards won by Akashay Venkatesh

SASTRA Ramanujan Prize (2008)

Salem Prize (2007)

Infosys Prize (2016)

Ostrowski Prize (2017)

Fields Medal (2018)

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