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I am sorry if I am posting this question here; I thought that since I am looking for historical evidences of successful people in mathematics, so may not this question be an opinion-based one. And also not duplicate as it is not about getting PhD at later age or the like.
I am 30 years old; I have studied physics to masters degree, even though I liked physics but I left it mostly because I didn't find any strong talent to do a great thing in physics and I thought that I can achieve it in mathematics. It's been a few months that I have started mathematics from scratch and I am spending average 14 hours a day learning maths. Though I have found mathematics more fascinating than any other things but my strong stimulus to go ahead especially as a self-learner is hope to do a ground-breaking research and be successful in that.
My questions are:
1- Will my mind be biologically too old to do comparable to what Fields medalists or other brilliant people have done or maybe more (like Perelman's work)?
2- Would you let me know even one person in history who started or turned to maths at their 30s or late 20s, but did famous works?
My question is not about getting a PhD in late ages or be successful in finding an academic position (including research), although soon or late I have to get a PhD in math as well, especially because of being in math community and other advantages. BTW, works that are not considered breakthrough or even writing books in math for students are as invaluable as e.g. Perelman's work, I believe. Please consider that my questions are not about comparisons.
There were some people in history who got their academic degrees at old ages but they were 'in' mathematics from theirs youth or even childhood; so examples of these people aren't relevant since by starting math now I mean that I am 30, and I am just starting undergraduate books in maths.
Physics is not math or even close! For example, I learnt differential forms in general relativity texts but it was just about 10 pages in 430-page physics text. And now I see that almost everything in a simple topology text is new for me.
Thanks to everyone for reading and taking the time for the great responses. Really appreciate it!