Terence Tao: Mozart of Math

It is said that the precocious talent of the australian mathematician Terence Tao first appeared at the age of two, as he tried to teach other children to count on blocks. He started high school and began learning calculus at 7 and by 9 he was tackling university-level calculus! He was the youngest student to take part in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). He was ten then and remains the youngest winner to win three medals in the Olympiad’s history.

Tao was just 20 when he earned his doctorate from Princeton University and was promoted to full professor at UCLA at 24. Also nicknamed as the “Mozart of Math,” the Australian phenomenon was 31 years-old when he won the prestigious Fields Medal, at the International Congress of Mathematicians, in Madrid (Spain), in 2006.

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He has worked in many areas of mathematics, but he currently focuses on harmonic analysis, partial differential equations, algebraic combinatorics, arithmetic combinatorics, geometric combinatorics, compressed sensing and analytic number theory.

Tao has won numerous honors and awards over the years, like the Salem Prize (2000), Bôcher Prize (2002), Clay Research Award (2003), Sastra Ramanujan Prize (2006) and others. He is also an extremely profilic mathematician. By 2016, he had published about 300 research papers and 17 books.

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