Terence Tao is one of the most prominent names these days in the field of mathematics. He is an Australian-American mathematician who has worked in various areas of the field. He was born on 17th of July in 1975 in Adelaide, South Australia. He is currently mainly focused on partial differential equations, harmonic analysis, geometric combinatorics, analytic number theory, compressed sensing and algebraic combinatorics. The forty-two years old mathematician is one of the Fields Medalist. Back in 2006, he was awarded the medal due to his Green-Tao theorem, Tao’s inequality, Kakey conjecture, compressed sensing and Erdős discrepancy problem.
Childhood and Education
Terence since his early childhood was greatly influenced by his father Dr. Billy Tao. His father was a pediatrician who earned his medical degree from the University of Hong Kong back in 1969. His mother Grace was also involved in science mainly mathematics and physics. She received a fist-class honors degree at the University of Hong Kong. His parents met as students and after several months of dating, they decided to migrate from Hong Kong to Australia where Terence was born. Terence’s brothers Trevor Tao and Nigel Tao are also mathematicians. They both represented Australia at the most prominent mathematics competition, the International Mathematical Olympiad.
At age of fourteen, Terence attended prestigious Research Science Institute. One year later, he published his first scientific paper. When Terence was only sixteen years old, he received both his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Flinders University under his mentor Garth Gaudry. Back in 1992, he won a major Fulbright Scholarship in order to undertake his postgraduate study in the United States. He attended the prestigious Princeton University from 1992 to 1996. At the age of twenty-one, he received his Ph.D. under the direction of Elias Stern. That same year he joined the faculty of the University of California. When he was only twenty-four, he became a full professor at UCLA. He remains the youngest person appointed as a professor at the institution.
Terence’s Research and Awards
Terence Tao is known for his work collaboration with Ben J. Green. Terence alongside Ben proved the Green-Tao theorem. He worked with more than thirty scientists in his discoveries. Over the years, he was awarded numerous awards. He is a corresponding member of the Australian Academy of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a foreign member of the American Mathematical Society. Alongside being a Fields Medalist, Terence Tao received numerous other awards like the Ostrowski Prize in 2005, Salem Prize in 2000, MacArthur Award in 2006, Nemmers Prize in Mathematics in 2010, Royal Medal in 201, Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics in 2015 and many other.