Terence "Terry" Tao, one of the greatest living mathematicians in the world, taught himself to read at age 2. He was schooling his 11th grade calculus teacher by age 7, mastering college-level calculus by age 9, then, a year later, became the youngest person in history to win a medal in the International Mathematical Olympiad. This prodigy continues to win prestigious awards and to inspire aspiring mathematicians, but what makes him truly unique? His personality. As the chair of mathematics at UCLA put it, "Terry is like Mozart; mathematics just flows out of him, except without Mozart's personality problems; everyone likes him."
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