The February 2 edition of The New Yorker includes the piece "The Pursuit of Beauty," on Yitang "Tom" Zhang. Zhang, a part-time calculus instructor at the University of New Hampshire, solved an old problem on prime numbers and won fame and a MacArthur award.
After finishing his doctorate at Purdue in 1991, Zhang spent some time in Lexington involved with a Chinese democracy group and keeping books for a local restaurant.
The following quote is on page 23 of the magazine:
"When Zhang wasn't working, he would go to the library at the University of Kentucky and read journals in algebraic geometry and number theory."