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# Indian-origin Mathematician Akshay Venkatesh wins the prestigious Fields Medal

Akshay Venkatesh, a 36 years old Indian origin mathematician teaching at Stanford University in the United States, is one of the four winners of the prestigious **Fields Medal**, considered to be the Nobel Prize equivalent for mathematics.

## What is the Fields Medal?

The Fields Medal is awarded once every four years to exceptional mathematicians below the age of 40 who have made game-changing contributions to the field. The prize was inaugurated in 1932 at the request of Canadian mathematician John Charles Fields, who ran the 1924 Mathematics Congress in Toronto. Each winner receives a 15,000 Canadian-dollar cash prize. At least two, and preferably four people, are always honored in the award ceremony.

Venkatesh was awarded this medal for his profound contributions to **an exceptionally broad range of subjects in mathematics** and **strikingly far-reaching conjectures**. Besides Venkatesh, the other three winners of this award are Caucher Birkar, a professor of Iranian-Kurdish origin at Cambridge University, Peter Scholze from Germany and Alessio Figalli, an Italian mathematician teaching at ETH Zurich. All winners will receive 15,000 Canadian dollars as a cash prize.

Venkatesh is only the second Australian to win the Fields Medal. Flinders University graduate Terry Tao won the award in 2006.