Professor Venkatesh is only the second Australian to have been awarded one of the world’s most prestigious mathematical awards – the Fields Medal. Considered by many as the Nobel Prize for mathematicians, the Fields Medal is awarded to researchers under 40 years old to recognise outstanding mathematical achievement for existing work and for the promise of future achievement.
Believed to be the University’s youngest commencing student, Professor Venkatesh embarked on a Bachelor of Science with UWA at the age of 13. After completing his degree with first class honours in three rather than four years, he graduated in 1998 at the age of 16. Professor Venkatesh went on to earn his doctorate from Princeton University and is currently a Professor of Mathematics at Stanford University.
In mathematics, there are many surprising parallels between problems in the theory of numbers and questions in three-dimensional geometry. For example, there is a strong correlation between prime numbers and knots. Join Professor Venkatesh as he explores this theory and how it continues to inform his research.
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