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Terence Chi-Shen Tao Chinese: 陶哲軒; born 17 July 1975) is an Australian mathematician. He is a professor of mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he holds the James and Carol Collins chair. His research includes topics in harmonic analysis, partial differential equations, algebraic combinatorics, arithmetic combinatorics, geometric combinatorics, probability theory, compressed sensing and analytic number theory.(
|Born|| (1975-07-17) 17 July 1975 (age 48)|
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
|Known for||Partial Differential Equations Analytic Number Theory Random matrices Compressed Sensing Combinatorics Dynamical Systems|
|Awards||Fields Medal (2006)|
|Institutions||University of California, Los Angeles|
|Thesis||Three Regularity Results in Harmonic Analysis (1996)|
|Doctoral advisor||Elias M. Stein|
|Doctoral students||Monica Vișan|
Tao was born to ethnic Chinese immigrant parents and raised in Adelaide. Tao won the Fields Medal in 2006 and won the Royal Medal and Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics in 2014. He is also a 2006 MacArthur Fellow. Tao has been the author or co-author of over three hundred research papers. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest living mathematicians and has been referred to as the "Mozart of mathematics."