When Akshay Venkatesh was 13 years old and had completed his high school studies, he told the ABC he was aiming to “maybe become a mathematician”.
Well, that came true — and then some.
Professor Venkatesh, who graduated from the University of Western Australia aged 16 with honours in pure mathematics, has achieved his subject’s highest honour.
He has been awarded the Fields Medal, known as the “Nobel Prize for mathematics” — awarded once every four years to between two and four people under the age of 40.
It is an amazing achievement for the 36-year-old, who was described as a “prodigy” and a “genius” during his teenage years in Perth.