A renowned mathematician of Stanford University has won the prestigious Fields medal. Akshay Venkatesh is an Indian-Australian who was born in New Delhi. The 36 year old is one of the four winners at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Rio de Janeiro.
He received this award as recognition to his profound contributions to a broad range of subjects in mathematics. Akshay, 36 has been collecting accolades since long. At the age of 11 and 12, he won medals in Premier International Competitions – Physics and Maths Olympiads. At 13, he finished his high school and graduated at 16 from the University of Western Australia with first class honours. He earned PhD when he was just 20!
He has bagged many awards, including the Ostrowski Prize, the Infosys Prize, the Salem Prize and Sastra Ramanujan Prize.
The other three Fields Medal winners are: Caucher Birkar, a Cambridge University professor of Iranian Kurdish origin; Germany’s Peter Scholze, who teaches at the University of Bonn and Alessio Figalli, an Italian mathematician at ETH Zurich.