"Mozart of Math" UCLA Math Star Terence Tao wins $3 million prize

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PROF TERENCE TAO UCLA WINS BREAKTHROUGH PRIZE IN MATHEMATICS 2014

UCLA mathematics professor Terence Tao, 38, is one of five winners of the new Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics.

The award provides $3 million to each of the five recipients from a fund established by high-tech entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and Russia. A child prodigy, Tao earned his bachelor's degree at age 16 and finished his doctorate at Princeton University at 21. In a 2006 interview with staff writer Larry Gorden at the Los Angeles Times, Tao said that alot of mathematicians liken what they do to rock climbing. 

“You want to get to the top of the cliff. But that's not what you focus on immediately. You focus on the next ledge just beyond your reach, because you need to do one clever thing to get up there. And then once you get there, you do it again. A lot of this is rather boring and not very glamorous. But you can't jump cliffs in a single bound.”

Click here for the full story by Larry Gordon at the Los Angeles Times.