Akshay Venkatesh who is a renowned Indian origin Australian mathematician is among the winners of Fields medal for mathematics which is equivalent to Nobel Prize for Mathematics.
Akshay Venkatesh, New Delhi born Mathematician is currently teaching at Stanford University. His research interests are in the fields of counting, equidistribution problems in automorphic forms and number theory, in particular, representation theory, locally symmetric spaces, and ergodic theory. He is the only Australian to have won medals at both the International Physics Olympiad and International Mathematics Olympiad, which he did at the age of 12. And now, he has been awarded the Fields Medal for his synthesis of analytic number theory, homogeneous dynamics, topology, and representation theory.
The Fields medals are awarded every four years to the most promising mathematicians under the age of 40. The prize was inaugurated in 1932 at the request of Canadian mathematician John Charles Fields, who ran the 1924 Mathematics Congress in Toronto. Each winner receives a 15,000 Canadian-dollar cash prize. At least two, and preferably four people, are always honored in the award ceremony.
Apart from Akshay Venkatesh other three winners who won the prestigious field’s medal 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.