Renowned Indian-Australian mathematician, Akshay Venkatesh, was announced 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.

Apart from Venkatesh, Caucher Birkar, a Cambridge University professor of Iranian Kurdish origin; Germany’s Peter Scholze, who teaches at the University of Bonn and Alessio Figalli, an Italian mathematician at ETH Zurich have also won the Fields Medal that is touted as the Nobel for Mathematics.

The medals along with, a 15,000 Canadian dollar cash prize, are awarded every four years to the most promising mathematicians under the age of 40 recognising outstanding mathematical achievement for existing work and for the promise of future achievement.

In 2014, another Indian-origin mathematician - Manjul Bhargava - was awarded the Fields Medal for his contribution in number theory.

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