The Abel Prize Laureate 2019

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize for 2019 to

Karen Keskulla Uhlenbeck

University of Texas at Austin, USA

“for her pioneering achievements in geometric partial differential equations, gauge theory and integrable systems, and for the fundamental impact of her work on analysis, geometry and mathematical physics.”

In 1987 Karen Keskulla Uhlenbeck moved to the University of Texas at Austin to take up the Sid W. Richardson Foundation Regents' Chair in mathematics where she worked until 2014. Currently, Uhlenbeck is a Visiting Senior Research Scholar at Princeton University as well as Visitor in the School of Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS). Photo: Andrea Kane/Institute for Advanced Study

Karen Uhlenbeck first woman to win the Abel Prize

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize for 2019 to Karen Keskulla Uhlenbeck of the University of Texas at Austin, USA “for her pioneering achievements in geometric partial differential equations, gauge theory and integrable systems, and for the fundamental impact of her work on analysis, geometry and mathematical physics.”

His Majesty King Harald V will present the Abel Prize to the laureate at the award ceremony in Oslo on the 21st of May.

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Chair of the University of Texas at Austin Math Department,

Congratulations to Karen Uhlenbeck from University of Texas at Austin

"At the University of Texas at Austin and the Department of Mathematics, we are delighted and tremendously proud of Karen Uhlenbeck, recipient of the 2019 Abel Prize" - Thomas Chen, Chair of the University of Texas at Austin Math Department

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Jill Pipher, President of the American Mathematical Society. Photo: Nick Dentamaro/Brown University.

Congratulations to Karen Uhlenbeck from AMS President

"On behalf of the American Mathematical Society, it is my great pleasure to congratulate Professor Karen Uhlenbeck, recipient of the 2019 Abel Prize. Professor Uhlenbeck has made legendary advances in several fields of mathematics. Her early groundbreaking work on harmonic maps gave rise to a new field, geometric analysis. Her analysis via gauge theory of solutions of Yang-Mills equations, had and will continue to have a profound influence on all future work in this field. She transformed the fields of geometry and analysis, crossing boundaries and making deep discoveries at the interfaces."  AMS President Jill Pipher

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Hans Petter Graver, President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

President of the Academy announces Abel Prize winner

The President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Hans Petter Graver (photo), will announce the winner of the 2019 Abel Prize at the Academy on March 19. The Academy's choice of laureate is based on the Abel Committee's recommendation. The chair of the Abel Committee, Hans Munthe-Kaas, will give the reasons for the awarding of the prize. The popular science presentation of the prize winner's work will be given by Jim Al-Khalili - a British physicist, author and broadcaster. He will also talk to the prize winner to get his/her immediate response to the news of being awarded the Abel Prize.  

(08.03.2019) Read more
Sir Michael Atiyah

Sir Michael Atiyah, Abel Prize laureate, dies at 89

Atiyah was the recipient together with Isadore Singer of the Abel Prize in 2004, and he also received the Fields Medal, the American Philosophical Society’s Benjamin Franklin Medal, among many other honors. He was the former President of the Royal Society and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Atiyah was most recently an Honorary Professor in the School of Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh. Sir Michael, working at Cambridge University before he retired, made outstanding contributions to geometry and topology.

(14.01.2019) Read more

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Welcome to the Abel Prize

The Abel Prize was established on 1 January 2002. The purpose is to award the Abel Prize for outstanding scientific work in the field of mathematics. The prize amount is 6 million NOK (about 750,000 Euro) and was awarded for the first time on 3 June 2003.

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Arrangementer i tiden fremover

11 May 2019

Berliner Tag de Mathematik

Location: Beuth Hochschule, Berlin

The "24. Berliner Tag der Mathematik" will take place at Beuth Hochschule. In charge of the event is Prof. Dr. Martin Oellrich. The winning team will be invited to the Abel Prize award ceremony in Oslo in May.

20 May 2019 at 17:00

Wreath-laying ceremony at the Abel Monument

Location: Royal Palace Grounds, Oslo

The Abel Laureate will honour Niels Henrik Abel by laying down a wreath at the Abel Monument. John Grue, chair of the Abel board, will give a speech.

20 May 2019 at 17:30

Dinner in honour of the Abel Laureate

Location: The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters will host a dinner in honour of the Abel Laureate. Among the invited guests will be members of the Abel committee and the Abel board, members of the Academy's mathematics group and visiting mathematicians from many countries. By invitation only.

21 May 2019 at 14:00

Abel Prize award ceremony

Location: University Aula in Oslo, Norway

Abelbannere på Karl Johan

The Laureate will receive the Abel Prize at an award ceremony in the University Aula. The ceremony will be followed by a reception at the nearby theatre Det Norske Teatret where the Laureate will be interviewed in front of a live audience.

21 May 2019 at 19:00

The Abel Prize Banquet

Location: Akershus Castle, Oslo

The Abel Prize Banquet in honour of the Laureate is hosted by the Norwegian Government. By invitation only.

22 May 2019

The Abel Lectures

Location: Georg Sverdrups hus, University of Oslo

Abelforelesninger på UiO

The Abel Laureate will give her prize lecture at the University of Oslo. This will be followed by two other lectures related to the prize winner's work.

24 June 2019 - 28 June 2018

The Abel Symposium 2019

Scientific conferences

Location: Scandic Parken Hotel Ålesund, Norway

The title of the symposium is: Geometry, Lie Theory and Applications.

The Abel Prize 2019 Events Registration

The registration for the Abel Prize 2019 events is now open.

The Abel Prize Events Registration

Press contacts
The 2019 Abel Prize announcement
The Abel Prize Laureates 2003-2019

2019: Karen Keskulla Uhlenbeck
2018:
Robert Langlands
2017: Yves Meyer
2016: Sir Andrew J. Wiles
2015: John F. Nash Jr. & Louis Nirenberg
2014:Yakov G. Sinai
2013: Pierre Deligne
2012: Endre Szemerédi
2011: John Milnor
2010: John Torrence Tate
2009: Mikhail Leonidovich Gromov
2008: John Griggs Thompson and Jacques Tits
2007: Srinivasa S. R. Varadhan
2006: Lennart Carleson
2005: Peter D. Lax
2004: Sir Michael Francis Atiyah and Isadore M. Singer
2003: Jean-Pierre Serre

Niels Henrik Abel

The exceptional Norwegian mathematician Niels Henrik Abel was born on 5 August 1802. When he died, only 26 years old, he left a large body of work, including the first proof of the general binomial theorem, which had been stated by Newton and Euler. 

We present his life story and links to his works in the Niels Henrik Abel section of this website.

Petroleum Geo-Services ASA

collaborates with the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters to stimulate the interest in mathematics both domestically and internationally, in particular aimed at children and the young and the developing countries.

Read more about the PGS cooperation in Ghana

Heidelberg Laureate Forum

The Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation (HLFF) annually organizes the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF). Through a formal agreement between The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and the Klaus Tschira Stiftung, the Abel Prize is part of the Forum.
Read more: heidelberg-laureate-forum.org

The Abel Symposium
Obligatorisk!

The Board for the Niels Henrik Abel Memorial Fund has established an annual Abel Symposium, which is administrated by the Norwegian Mathematical Society.

Read more: The Abel Symposium

 

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