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2014 CTY Distinguished Alumni Award

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TTaoTerence Tao is a professor of mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles. At 24 he was promoted to full professor and remains the youngest person appointed to this rank by the institution. Terence was a co-recipient of the 2006 Fields Medal, the 2014 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics, and the 2014 Royal Medal.

Terence exhibited extraordinary mathematical abilities at an early age. As a young student, he worked closely with Julian Stanley, the Johns Hopkins psychologist whose pioneering work with gifted middle school prodigies through his Study of Exceptional Talent led to the creation of the Center for Talented Youth.

Terence received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Mathematics from Flinders University. A Fulbright Scholar, he earned his Doctorate in Mathematics from Princeton University. He has worked in a number of mathematical areas, and primarily focuses on harmonic analysis, partial differential equations, algebraic, arithmetic and geometric combinatorics, analytic number theory, and compressed sensing. He has authored more than 250 research papers and 17 books.