Call for Nominations 2017

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters hereby calls for nominations of candidates for the Abel Prize 2017.

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."

Endre Szemerédi received the 2012 Abel Prize

Endre Szemerédi gives Abel Lecture at the 7th European Congress of Mathematics

For the first time in the history of the ECM one of the Abel Laureates will give a dedicated Lecture to the 7ECM participants. Endre Szemerédi, who received the Abel Prize in 2012, is going to talk about "Arithmetic progressions and graph theoretic lemmas". He will be introduced by Timothy Gowers. Øivind Andersen, Secretary General of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, will deliver the opening address. The lecture will take place on 19 July from 16:30 till 17:30 in the main building of TU Berlin and is open to everybody.

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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.

(10.05.2016) 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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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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