The Abel Prize Laureate 2018

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize for 2018 to

Robert P. Langlands

of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA

“for his visionary program connecting representation theory to number theory.”

Robert P. Langlands, The Abel Prize Laureate 2018

Robert P. Langlands receives the Abel Prize

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize for 2018 to Robert P. Langlands of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA “for his visionary program connecting representation theory to number theory.”

(19.03.2018) Read more
AMS President Kenneth A. Ribet

AMS President congratulates Robert P. Langlands

"It is my great pleasure to congratulate Professor Robert P. Langlands, winner of the 2018 Abel Prize. Robert Langlands is one of the most distinguished mathematicians alive today and a towering figure in the history of modern mathematics. His insights, which grew out of penetrating technical work early in his career, have transformed and enriched both number theory and representation theory. The deep relations between the two subjects that he predicted and probed have guided the work of countless mathematicians over the last 50 years."
- Kenneth A. Ribet, AMS President, University of California, Berkeley


Article about Abel Prize winner Langlands

Published on the AMS website

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Who will win this year’s Abel prize?

The President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Ole M. Sejersted, will announce the winner of the Abel Prize for 2018 at the Academy on March 20. The Academy's choice of laureate is based on the Abel Committee's recommendation. The chair of the Abel Committee, John Rognes, will give the reasons for the awarding of the prize. Writer and broadcaster, Alex Bellos, will then give a popular science presentation of the prize winner’s work.

(13.03.2018) Read more
Andrew Wiles outside the Institute of Matematics at Oxford University, named in his honour.

Abel in Oxford" with lecture by Sir Andrew Wiles

It has become a tradition that the Abel Committee after its final meeting hosts an Abel seminar. This year the committee meeting at London Mathematical Society was followed by "Abel in Oxford" with Abel Laureate Andrew Wiles as the main speaker. Martin Bridson, head of the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford and Camilla Serck-Hanssen, Vice President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters gave introductory talks.

(02.02.2018) Read more
Yves Meyer receives the 2017 Abel Prize from His Majesty King Harald

Yves Meyer received the Abel Prize from H.M. King Harald

H.M. King Harald presented the Abel Prize to Yves Meyer of the École normale supérieure Paris-Saclay, France at an award ceremony in Oslo on 23 May. He receives the prize for his pivotal role in the development of the mathematical theory of wavelets, says John Rognes, chair of the Abel committee. Among the prominent guests attending the award  ceremony was the French ambassador to Norway, Jean-François Dobelle and the Norwegian Minister of Education and Research, Torbjørn Røe Isaksen.

(26.05.2017) Read more


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 May 2018

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.

21 May 2018

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 2018

Abel Prize award ceremony

Location: University Aula in Oslo, Norway

The Abel Laureate will receive the 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 laureate in front of a live audience at a nearby theatre, Det Norske Teatret.

22 May 2018

The Abel Prize Banquet

Location: Oslo City Hall, Oslo

The Abel Prize Banquet in honour of the Laureate is hosted by the Norwegian Government, May 22 at Oslo City Hall. The dinner is by special invitation only.

Live: The Abel Prize announcement

Watch the Abel Prize announcement

March 20, 11.00 GMT (12.00 noon Norwegian time)

The Abel Prize Laureates 2003-2017

2017: Yves Meyer
Sir Andrew J. Wiles
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

Interview with Yves Meyer
The 2017 Abel lectures

Wednesday May 24 | 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Watch the lectures

Press contacts
Short film about Yves Meyer
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.

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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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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