Professor Terence Tao FRS

Terence Tao is a mathematician whose deep and original insights across a broad range of research areas have had a profound and lasting impact. Best known for his work on partial differential equations, he has also made significant contributions to computer science and statistical analysis.

In the field of number theory, Terence has conducted important research on identifying sequences of prime numbers, revealing that they can be found in evenly spaced progressions of any finite length. More recently, he has proposed an innovative new approach towards solving the Navier–Stokes Equation, one of the remaining unresolved Clay Millennium Problems.

Terence is one of the most acclaimed mathematicians of his generation, and in 2006 was awarded the Fields Medal for his extensive and wide-ranging research. A 2007 MacArthur Fellow, he is currently a Professor of Mathematics at UCLA.

Subject groups

  • Mathematics

    Pure mathematics


  • Crafoord Prize

    In the field of mathematics for their brilliant and groundbreaking work in harmonic analysis, partial differential equations, ergodic theory, number theory, combinatorics, functional analysis and theoretical computer science.

  • Fields Medal

    For his contributions to partial differential equations, combinatorics, harmonic analysis and additive number theory.

  • King Faisal International Prize

    In the field of mathematics.

  • Royal Medals

    For his many deep and varied contributions to mathematics, including harmonic analysis, prime number theory, partial differential equations, combinatorics, computer science, statistics, representation theory, and much more.

Professor Terence Tao FRS
Elected 2007