There are a lot of ways to measure a person's intelligence and most reliable measurement for it would be IQ. While the most human has an average IQ of 90-110, Terrance Tao has an IQ of 230.
Well, explaining this super genius' life without math would be similar to describing Mozart without music,i.e., 'Incomplete.' The Australian- American mathematician has not just grabbed the popularity with his intelligence but also has assembled fortunes along with success.
Terrance's Net worth, Education And Career
Even though Terrance Tao's exact net worth is unknown, looking at all of his achievements till date, it is certain that he acquires a fair amount of income. According to transparentcalifornia.com, Terrance's total salary from the year 2017 was $504,089.00. Similarly, he accumulated $543,284.00 and $510,881.00 in 2016 and 2015 respectively.
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In 2006, Terrance won the Fields Medal, which is also described as the Nobel Prize of math. As the winner, he was awarded $500,000 MacArthur Foundation grant which is also known as 'Genius prize.' Terrance also won New Breakthrough prize in mathematics in 2014 and was awarded $3million.
His parents realized they might have to start an early education for him when they saw two-year-old Terry teaching five-year-old children to spell and to add numbers which he learned from Sesame Street.
By the age of 11 Tao was juggling his time between Blackwood High School and taking classes at Flinders University in Adelaide where Garth Gaudry taught him. At age 14, in 1991, Terrence received his bachelors, and at the age of 16, he received his master's degrees from Flinders University. Tao received his Ph.D. at the age of 21 from Princeton University.
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In 1996 Terrance joined the faculty of the University of California, Los Angeles and only after three years, at the age of 24, he was promoted to full professor at UCLA and remains the youngest person ever appointed to that rank by the institution.
Terrance has bagged many achievements in the field of mathematics, but the most noteworthy achievement of his career has to be ‘Green-Tao Theorem.’
Terrence Tao's Wife And Children
Before being the wife of this mathematical genius, Laura Tao also attended one of his classes at UCLA in 2000. She liked how relaxed and stable Tao was, and they went on a coffee date sometime after she started slipping homework under her professor's office door.
The thing that attracted her to him still hasn't changed. "He's never stressed out," said Laura in an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald in March 2015. She also stated that she sees him tired but have never seen him raise his voice. Even though Laura is now a housewife, who looks after Tao and their two kids, she is also a genius in her own right. She used to be an electrical engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Terrance Tao with his wife Laura, son William and daughter Madeleine, photo taken in 2015 (www.smh.com.au)
Terrence and Laura have two children together son- William Tao and daughter Madeleine Tao. For them, Terrence isn't just Mozart of Math but also their father who takes them to school and classes and watches Doctor Who together.
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Unlike his super genius father, William is more interested in writing, music, and acting despite being good in math. A talent agency scouted him in a mall, and he has appeared in commercials for Ford and Disney.
Tao Family Of Genius
Terrance isn't the only genius in the Tao family. Tao's father, Dr. Billy Tao is a pediatrician and Tao's mother; Grace holds a first-class honors degree in physics and mathematics.
Terrance has two brothers who are also as intelligent as him. His brother, Nigel Tao, was part of the team at Google Australia that created Google Wave. Nigel now works on the Go programming language. His other brother Trevor Tao despite being autistic is an International Master in Chess and has a double degree in mathematics and music and is an autistic savant.
Wiki and Bio
Terrance Tao was born on 17 July 1975. His ethnicity is Asian-Australian. Terrence is tall considering the height of his wife. His parents immigrated to Adelaide Australia from China that is where he and his two brothers were born and brought up. He now lives in Los Angeles, California.