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Terence Tao

Professor of Mathematics, UCLA | MacArthur Fellow và Fields Medalist

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Called the “Mozart of Math” by fellow mathematicians, Terence Tao was born in Adelaide, Australia, khổng lồ parents who had immigrated there from Hong Kong. Tao discovered his passion for mathematics as a child while playing games và solving puzzles, later explaining to lớn CNN that he saw math as a way to help “make the world comprehensible & orderly rather than mysterious and capricious.” By age nine Tao was excelling at university-level calculus. At 13 he became the youngest winner of the International Mathematical Olympiad. Tao came to the United States when he was 16 lớn pursue a PhD at Princeton University. Eight years later he was appointed a full professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles, making him the youngest tenured professor at UCLA. In 2006 Tao was awarded the Fields Medal, considered the Nobel Prize of mathematics, “for his contributions to lớn partial differential equations, combinatorics, harmonic analysis và additive number theory.” His other awards include the MacArthur Fellowship, known as the “Genius Grant,” & the Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. Together with the University of Oxford’s Ben J. Green, Tao proved the Green-Tao theorem, which states “that there are arbitrarily long arithmetic progressions of primes.” Tao considers mathematics khổng lồ be a collaborative “transnational activity” và believes that U.S. Universities should aspire to lớn attract đứng top talent from all over the world. Reflecting on his work và the impact of theoretical mathematics, Tao said, “Mathematicians often work on pure problems that vì not have any applications for trăng tròn years, and then a physicist or computer scientist or engineer has a real-life problem that requires the solution of a mathematical problem & finds that someone already solved it đôi mươi years ago.”