Indian-Australian Mathematician Akshay Venkatesh won the mathematics’s prestigious Fields Medal. This medal is known as Nobel Prize for math. He is one of four winners of the medal. Akshay Venkatesh is 36 years old and born in New Delhi. Currently, he is teaching at Stanford University. His contributions in the broad range of subjects in mathematics won him this award. Awards distribution ceremony held at the International Congress of mathematicians in Rio de Janeiro. Caucher Birkar (Cambridge University professor of Iranian Kurdish Origin), Peter Scholze (teaches at the University of Bonn and Alessio Figalli) and an Italian mathematician at ETH Zurich are the other winners of the awards. All winner received 15,000 Canadian-dollar cash prize. At least 2, and preferably four people are always honored with the award.
Akshay Venkatesh was a child prodigy. He moved to Perth, Australia when he was 2 years old. He also participated in physics and math olympiads at the age of 11 and 12 respectively and won medals. He finished high school at the age of 13 years and graduate with first class honors in mathematics in 1997 at the age of 16 years. He completed his Ph.D. at the age of 20 years in 2002. He became clay Research Fellow and then become Professor at Stanford University. He has also worked in number theory, arithmetic geometry, topology, automorphic forms and ergodic theory.
The Fields Medal is awarded every four years to the most promising mathematicians under the age of 40. Canadian mathematician John Charles Fields requested to start this award in the year 1932. John Charles Fields ran the 1924 Mathematician Congress in Toronto.
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