Akshay Venkatesh, a renowned Indian-Australian mathematician, is one of four winners of mathematics’ prestigious Fields medal, known as the Nobel prize for mathematics.
The 36-year-old Venkatesh, is currently teaching at Stanford University. He has won the medal for his profound contributions to an exceptionally broad range of subjects in mathematics. He was born in New Delhi and moved to Perth, Australia, with his parents when he was two years old. He participated in physics and math Olympiads
- the premier international competitions for high school students – and won medals in the two subjects at ages 11 and 12, respectively.
In 2002, he earned his PhD at the age of 20. Since then, he has gone from holding a post-doctoral position at MIT to becoming a Clay Research Fellow.
Venkatesh has worked at the highest level in number theory, arithmetic geometry, topology, automorphic forms and ergodic theory. His research has been recognised with many awards, including the Ostrowski.