The Abel Prize Laureates 2015

The Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize for 2015 to the American mathematicians

John F. Nash, Jr. and Louis Nirenberg

“for striking and seminal contributions to the theory of nonlinear partial differential equations and its applications to geometric analysis.”

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Abel Laureates Endre Szeméredi (2012) and Sir Michael Atiyah (2004)

"Abel in Zürich" - symposium with two laureates

The Institute for Mathematical Research (FIM) at ETH Zürich is hosting a one-day symposium on the 20th of January with talks given by Abel Laureates Sir Michael Atiyah and Endre Szemerédi and by John Rognes, chair of the Abel Prize Committee. All talks will take place in the main building of ETH Zürich, Rämistrasse 101, in lecture hall G 3.

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The 3rd Heidelberg Laureate Forum opened

From August 23 to 28, the third Heidelberg Laureate Forum gathers 26 recipients of the Turing Award, the Fields Medal, the Abel Prize and the Nevanlinna Prize. Five Abel Laureates take part this year. They will meet with young researchers from over 50 nations. Kirsti Strøm Bull, President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, pointed out in her speech at opening ceremony that intellectual exchange between the laureates of mathematics and computer science and the young researchers is in the spirit of the Abel Prize that also supports activities for children and young people.

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The Abel Committee had its first meeting at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters on 26 and 27 September. To the right: Kristian Ranestad, Chair of the Abel Board.

First step towards the Abel Prize 2016

The 15th of September 2015 is the deadline for nominating candidates for the Abel Prize 2016. The Abel Committee met for the first time at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters on the 26th and 27th of September to embark on the task of selecting a deserving candidate. The Academy's choice of Laureate is based on the Abel committee's recommendation. The Abel Committee is led by Professor John Rognes (left). To the right: Kristian Ranestad, chair of the Abel board.

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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

15 March 2016 at 12:00

Abel Prize announcement

Location: The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

The name of the 2016 Abel Laureate will be announced by the President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. The chair of the Abel committee will then give the reasons for the awarding of the prize, followed by a popular science presentation of the prize winner's work.

23 May 2016 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. Kristian Ranestad, chair of the Abel board, will give a speech. Music. The event is open to the public.

23 May 2016 at 18:00

Dinner in honour of the Abel Laureate

Location: The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

The Norwegian Academy 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.

24 May 2016 at 14:00

Abel Prize Award Ceremony

Location: University Aula, Oslo, Norway

The Abel Laureate will receive the Abel Prize from H.M. King Harald at an award ceremony in the University Aula in Oslo, Norway. The ceremony will be followed by a reception and an interview with the Abel Laureate in front of a live audience.

24 May 2016 at 19:00

Abel Prize Banquet

Location: Akershus Castle, Oslo

The Minister of Education and Research, Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, will host the banquet that the Norwegian government gives in honour of the Abel Laureate at Akershus Castle. By invitation only.

16 August 2016 - 19 August 2016

The Abel Symposium 2016

Scientific conferences

Location: Barony Rosendal, Norway

Updated information about the symposium will be posted at this external home page

Please note that participation is by invitation only.

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The Abel Prize Laureates 2003-2015

2015: John F. Nash Jr. & Louis Nirenberg
:Yakov G. Sinai
Pierre Deligne
: Endre Szemerédi
: 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.

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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.
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The Abel Symposium

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

The Abel Symposium 2016 "Computation and Combinatorics in Dynamics, Stochastics and Control" will take place August 16-19, at Barony Rosendal, Norway. More information here.


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