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UCLA math star Terence Tao wins $3-million prize
UCLA math star Terence Tao wins $3-million prize

UCLA mathematics professor Terence Tao already has a bevy of prestigious awards for his work in such fields as number theory and harmonic analysis. Now he is adding one more lucrative prize. Tao, 38, has been named one of five winners of the new Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics, an award that provides $3 million to each of its recipients from a fund established by high-tech titans in Silicon Valley and Russia. In 2006, he won the Fields Medal, described as the Nobel Prize of math, and also a $500,000 MacArthur Foundation grant, which is often referred to as the “genius prize.” Born and raised in Australia, the son of a pediatrician and a former math teacher, Tao was a...