Terence Chi-Shen Tao (born 17 July 1975) is an Australian-American mathematician who has worked in various areas of mathematics.
He currently focuses on harmonic analysis, partial differential equations, algebraic combinatorics, arithmetic combinatorics, geometric combinatorics, compressed sensing and analytic number theory.
As of 2015, he holds the James and Carol Collins chair in mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Tao was a recipient of the 2006 Fields Medal and the 2014 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics.
He is also a 2006 MacArthur Fellow.
Tao has been the author or co-author of 275 research papers.Tao is the second mathematician of Han Chinese descent to win the Fields medal after Shing-Tung Yau, and the first Australian citizen to win the medal.