Terence Tao was selected as one of "the 10 best mathematicians" of all time by The Guardian (UK daily national newspaper founded in 1821 with the 2nd largest worldwide online readership of any English language newspaper behind only the NY Times, according to Alexa).
Dr. Tao, who is the youngest ever to receive the Fields Medal (2006), has been a professor at UCLA since 1996. The Fields Medal, awarded only every four years by the International Mathematical Union, is viewed as the top honor a mathematician can receive and is often call the "Nobel Prize of Mathematics," for the prestige it carries.
Other notable milestones:
Scores 760 in the SAT Math section at 8 years old
Remains the youngest to win a gold medal at the International Mathematical Olympiad at 13 years old
At 17, he wins a Fulbright Scholarship to undertake postgraduate study in the United States, where he receives his Ph.D from Princeton at age 20