The Abel Prize Laureate 2016

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize for 2016 to

Sir Andrew J. Wiles

"for his stunning proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem by way of the modularity conjecture for semistable elliptic curves, opening a new era in number theory."

Louis Nirenberg, Abel Laureate 2015

"Abel in Barcelona" with lecture by Louis Nirenberg

Institut d'Estudis Catalans will host the Abel in Barcelona-event on Monday the 16th of January. In connection with the final meeting of the Abel committee, whose task it is to select the Abel Prize Laureate for 2017, there will be an afternoon of lectures aimed at a broad mathematical audience. Louis Nirenberg, who shared the Abel Prize 2015 with John Nash, will give the first lecture. There will also be lectures by two of the Abel committee members, Luigi Ambrosio and Ben Green.

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Abelprize 2016 - award ceremony

Sir Andrew J. Wiles received the Abel Prize from H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon

Andrew Wiles received the 2016 Abel Prize from Norway's Crown Prince Haakon at an award ceremony in Oslo today, on 24 May. He receives the prize "for his stunning proof of Fermat's Last Theorem by way of the modularity conjecture for semistable elliptic curves, opening a new era in number theory", to quote the Abel Committee. The Abel Prize carries a cash award of 6 million NOK (about EUR 700,000 or USD 750,000) and has been awarded annually since 2003 by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

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The Abel lectures 2016

Abel Laureate Sir Andrew Wiles will give his prize lecture at the University of Oslo on the 25th of May,  followed by two Abel Lectures by Henri Darmon and Manjul Bhargava. Simon Singh will then give the popular lecture From Fermat's Last Theorem to Homer's Last Theorem.

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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

21 March 2017 at 12:00

Abel Prize announcement

Location: The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

The name of the 2017 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.

22 May 2017 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.

22 May 2017 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.

23 May 2017 at 14:00

Abel Prize Award Ceremony

Location: University Aula, Oslo, Norway

The Abel Laureate will receive the Abel Prize 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 at a nearby theatre, Det Norske Teatret.

23 May 2017 at 19:00

The Abel Banquet

Location: Akershus Castle, Oslo

The Norwegian government hosts a banquet in honour of the Abel Laureate at Akershus Castle. By invitation only.

24 May 2017 at 10:00 - 24 May 2017 at 15:30

The Abel Lectures 2017

Location: Georg Sverdrups Hus, University of Oslo

The Abel Laureate will give his prize lecture at the University of Oslo followed by two Abel Lectures, usually on topics related to the prize winner's work. For some years now a popular science lecture has also been part of the program.

Watch videos from the Abel Year 2016

Sir Andrew J. WilesWatch videos of the award ceremony, an interview with Abel Laureate Sir Andrew Wiles and three lectures by Abel Laureate Sir Andrew Wiles, professor Henri Darmon, McGill University and professor Manjul Bhargava.

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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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