April 22, 2019 | 1:00 AM IST

Akshay Venkatesh won Nobel Prize of Mathematics medal

Caucher Birkar, Alessio Figalli, Peter Scholze, and Akshay Venkatesh (Left to Right)

Akshay Venkatesh, an Indian-Australian mathematician, recently won the Fields Medal for Mathematics also known as the Noble Prize for Math. To achieve this great and privilege honour, Akshay managed to create a path for himself at a very young age. He was awarded to recognise his efforts for his synthesis of analytic number theory, topology, homogeneous dynamics, and representation theory.
Venkatesh was awarded at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday for his “profound contributions to an exceptionally broad range of subjects in mathematics” and his “strikingly far-reaching conjectures.” Along with Venkatesh, three other mathematicians also won the field medals for mathematics touted as the Noble for Mathematics: Caucher Birkar, Professor at Cambridge University; Germany-based Peter Scholze, Professor at the University of Bonn; and Alessio Figalli, Italian Mathematician at ETH Zurich.

Who is Akshay Venkatesh?

A 36-year old Akshay Venkatesh is an Indian-Australian mathematician born in New Delhi. He moved to Perth, Australia with his parents when he was 2. He was a genius student since his school days and participated in Physics and Math Olympiads at the age of 11 and 12, respectively. He won the medals in both the subjects. He went to the University of Western Australia for the graduation degree and passed with first class honours in mathematics in 1997 when he was 16. At a young age of 20, he earned PhD degree in 2002. Venkatesh has worked at the highest level in number theory, arithmetic geometry, topology, automorphic forms and ergodic theory. His several research works has been honoured with many awards like the Infosys Prize, the Ostrowski Prize, the Salem Prize, and Sastra Ramanujan Prize.  

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