An Indian born young Mathematician gets 'Fields Medal'.The 'Fields Medal', the highest honour in Mathematics is announced once in four years, has been announced and among the four selected mathematicians one is an Indian born, living in Australia.
Only young Mathematicians, below 40 years, are considered for this award. This award is considered as equivalent to Nobel Prize. (There is no Nobel Prize for Mathematics).The four mathematicians who have been chosen for the Medal this year are Caucher Birkar (Iran), Alessio Figalli (Italy), Peter Scholze (Getmany) and Akshay Venkitesh (Australia). Of these Venkitesh has an Indian origin, though now he is in Australia.
Akshay has already proven his abilities in Maths. In 1993, at the age of 11, he received Bronze medal in Physics Olympiad which made him known. Next year he repeated the same in Maths International Olympiad too. Next year he joined degree class at the age of 13, the youngest ever student of the University of Western Australia. In later years 'Ramanujan Science Medal' and 'Infosys Medal' also went to him.
Now he is among the four mathematicians got recognised by awarding the Fields Medal, which is recognised as the Nobel Prize in Mathematics (Mathematics is not considered for Nobel Prize). Fields Medal is given only once in four years, honouring four Mathematicians awarding the medals.
Akshay Venkitesh is presently working as a Professor in Maths at Stanford University, United States.