Indian-Origin Mathematician Akshay Venkatesh Wins Fields Medal (Download PDF)

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Akshay Venkatesh, Indian-Australian mathematician, was awarded Fields medal at International Congress of Mathematicians in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Akshay Venkatesh is one of 4 winners of Fields medal.

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Image of Child Prodigy to Acclaimed Researcher

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Akshay Venkatesh – Fields Medal

Akshay Venkatesh is one of 4 winners of Fields medal. Fields medal is known as Nobel prize for mathematics.

Other 3 winners of Fields medal are:

  • Caucher Birkar

  • Peter Scholze

  • Alessio Figalli

About Akshay Venkatesh

  • Akshay Venkatesh is 36 years old. He was born in New Delhi.

  • Fields include counting, equidistribution problems in automorphic forms and number theory, in particular representation theory, locally symmetric spaces and ergodic theory.

  • He won his 1st prize at age of 12, even before completing his high school.

  • He won medals at International Mathematics Olympiad & International Physics Olympiad.

  • He graduated w/1st class honours degree in mathematics from University of Western Australia.

  • After completing his PhD from Princeton University, he became instructor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) & later joined Stanford University as a professor.

  • At present, he is teaching at Stanford University.

  • He has been awarded Fields Medal for his contribution to wide range of subjects in mathematics.

  • He has received Ostrowski Prize, Infosys Prize, Salem Prize & Sastra Ramanujan Prize.

Field Medals

  • Prize is named after Canadian mathematician John Charles Fields on whose request it was started in 1932.

  • Charles ran 1924 Mathematics Congress in Toronto.

  • All 4 winners of Fields medal were awarded 15,000 Canadian-dollar cash prize.

  • Fields medals are awarded every 4 years. Eminent mathematicians under age of 40 are awarded.

  • Fields medal was inaugurated in 1932 at request of Canadian mathematician John Charles Fields.

- Published/Last Modified on: December 25, 2018

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