Ak­shay Venkatesh

Virgin Australia Voyeur - - STARS OF 2018 -

He’s al­ways been a high achiever, but win­ning the Fields Medal, re­garded as the top award in math­e­mat­ics world­wide, took even Ak­shay Venkatesh by sur­prise.

Af­ter be­gin­ning his stud­ies at the Univer­sity of West­ern Aus­tralia at 13, grad­u­at­ing at 16 and now teach­ing at Stan­ford, the US-based pro­fes­sor be­came just the sec­ond Aus­tralian to win the pres­ti­gious award which is only given to two, three or four re­searchers world­wide un­der the age of 40.

The 37-year-old Venkatesh, whose re­search is in pure math­e­mat­ics and specif­i­cally num­ber the­ory and re­lated ar­eas, was born in Dehli but spent his early years in Perth.

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