Akshay Venkatesh is an **Australian Mathematician** of **Indian Origin**. Venkatesh became to be one of the most **promising mathematicians** **under the age of 40**. He has done tremendous research in the fields of **counting, equidistribution problems in automorphic forms and number theory, representation theory, locally symmetric spaces and ergodic theory.** Till date, he remains to be the **only Australian** to **win medals** at both the I**nternational Physics Olympiad **and **International Mathematical Olympiad** at the tender **age of 12**. Check out Akshay Venkatesh Wiki, Age, Wife, Children, Family, Caste, Education, Nationality, Biography and more.

## Biography

Akshay Venkatesh was born in Delhi, India. When he was just **2 years** old, Akshay and his parents **moved to Perth, Australia**. Akshay has been awarded many prestigious awards for his contribution in the field of **mathematical research**. He is **acclaimed internationally** for winning **Mathematics’ prestigious Fields Medal**, known as the **Nobel prize for math**. According to the **award citation**, Venkatesh, a number theorist, became the recipient because of his ‘**profound contributions to an exceptionally broad range of subjects in mathematics.’ **According to The Guardian, the New Delhi-born mathematician was recognized for his **use of dynamics theory**, which studies the **equations of moving objects** to s**olve problems in number theory**, which is the **study of whole numbers, integers and prime numbers.**

## Physical Appearance

Akshay Venkatesh’s physical appearance is that of a normal average person with **6′ height**, **70 kg weight** and has **black eyes** and his **hair** are **salt and pepper**.

## Family, Religion, And Wife

Akshay Venkatesh was born on **21 November 1981 (36 years)** at **Delhi, India**. He belongs to a **middle-class Hindu Tamil** **Brahmin** family. He is the **only child** of **Venky Venkatesh and Svetha**. His **mother** is a **Computer Science Professor at Deakin University.**

Akshay Venkatesh is married to **Sarah Paden**, a **music teacher** and has two daughters **Tara and Tuli**.

## Education

When his parents moved to Perth, Akshay got enrolled in **Scotch college**, where he **attended extracurricular training classes** **for gifted students** in the **state mathematical Olympiad program**.

In 1995, at the age of **13**, Venkatesh entered the **University of Western Australia** as the **youngest-ever student at the institution**, where he went **straight into second-year maths courses** after proving that he could write the exam papers for all the first-year subjects.

He attended top colleges and universities like the **University of Western Australia, Princeton University** and the **Clay Mathematics Institute, Oxford, United Kingdom.** Akshay obtained a **First Class Honours in Pure mathematics** from the **University of Western Australia** in 1997. Under the expert guidance of **Peter Sarnak**, he received a **Ph.D. in Mathematics** from **Princeton University** in 2002. Akshay’s Ph.D. thesis was focussed on ‘**Limiting Forms of the Trace Formula**‘. Akshay did his **Post Doctoral Fellowship** from the **Massachusetts Institute of Technology**.

## Research and Career

Venkatesh’s field of interest is Mathematics. The **Number Theory** is his area of **expertise**. While pursuing his Post Doctoral Fellowship, he was also serving as a **C.L.E. Moore instructor**. From 2004 to 2006, he held a **Clay Research Fellowship** from the **Clay Mathematics Institute**. He has also served as an **associate professor** at the **Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University**. From 2005 to 2006, Venkatesh served as a **member of the School of Mathematics** at the **Institute for Advanced Study**. Since September 2008, Akshay Venkatesh has been a **Professor at Stanford University**.

Venkatesh has made great contributions to a wide variety of areas in Mathematics including Number Theory, Representation Theory, Automorphic Forme, Ergodic Theory, and Locally Symmetric Spaces. Speaking at an event in 2016, he described his work as “**looking for new patterns in the arithmetic of numbers**.”

## Awards/Achievements

- In 1993, at the age of
**11**, he won a**Bronze medal**at the**24th International Physics Olympiad in Williamsburg, Virginia**.

- In 1994, after being at the second place in the Australian Mathematical Olympiad, Venkatesh won a
**silver medal**in the**6th Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad**. The same year, he won a**Bronze medal**in the**International Mathematics Olympiad held in Hong Kong**.

- In 1997, he was awarded
**First Class Honours in Pure Mathematics**, the youngest ever to achieve this feat. The same year, Venkatesh was awarded the**J. A. Woods Memorial Prize**for being the leading graduating student of the year.

- In 1998, under Peter Sarnak, he
**commenced his Ph.D.**at the age of**17**at**Princeton University**, which he**completed in 2002**at the age of**21**.

- In 2007, Akshay received
**Salem Prize**.

- He was awarded
**SASTRA Ramanujan Prize**in the subsequent year.

- In 2016,
**Infosys Prize**was conferred to him.

- Venkatesh was bestowed with
**Ostrowski Prize**in 2017.

- Akshay Venkatesh is one of the youngest mathematicians to win the
**prestigious Fields Medal,**Mathematics’ top honor, also known as the Nobel Prize for Maths.

## Favourite Things

- Akshay Venkatesh’s favourite sports is
**cricket**.

- He likes
**coffee**.

- The book ‘
**War and Peace**‘ by**Leo Tolstoy**is his all-time favourite.

## Lesser Known Facts

- He does not smoke or drink alcohol.

- His hobbies include
**reading books**and**travelling**.

- He has also participated in
**Physics and Math Olympiads**and**won medals in the two subjects**at ages 11 and 12, respectively.

- In 2002, he earned his
**Ph.D.**at the**just the age of 20**.

- Indian-Australian mathematician, Akshay Venkatesh, was awarded at the
**International Congress of the International Mathematical Union**in**Rio de Janeiro**as one of the four winners of the prestigious Fields Medal for the year 2018.

- The other three who won the 2018 Fields Medal are
**Alessio Figalli**from**ETH Zurich in Switzerland**, who is an**Italian**;**Caucher Birkar**from**Cambridge**, a Kurdish man who came to Britain as a refugee; and**Peter Scholze**from Bonn**University,**who is German.

- Prof Cheryl Praeger, one of his early mentors, said he had always been “extraordinary.” Recalling her first meeting with Venkatesh when he was 11 years old, the professor said, “At our first meeting, I was speaking with Akshay’s mother, Svetha, while Akshay was sitting at a table in my office reading my blackboard which contained fragments from a supervision of one of my Ph.D. students. “At Akshay’s request, I explained what the problem was. He coped with quite a lot of detail and I found that he could easily grasp the essence of the research.”

- In an interview, Venkatesh said, “I decided that I wanted to be a professional mathematician towards the end of my under graduation.” He also said that while going into his Ph.D., he wasn’t sure that he would be able to find a job as a mathematician.

- In 2018, after receiving the Fields Medal, the highest honour in Mathematics, he said: “
**A lot of the time when you do the math, you’re stuck, but at the same time there are all these moments where you feel privileged that you get to work with it. You have this sensation of transcendence, you feel like you’ve been part of something really meaningful.**”

- A glimpse of Akshay Venkatesh’s life in his own words: