The Abel Prize awarded to Thompson and Tits

His Majesty King Harald presented the Abel Prize for 2008 to the two mathematicians, John Griggs Thompson of the USA and Jacques Tits of France. The ceremony took place in the University of Oslo Aula, May 20.  The King was accompanied by Her Majesty Queen Sonja. The two prize winners will share the prize money, which amounts to NOK 6 million.

John Griggs Thompson and Jacques Tits received the Abelprize from H.M. King Harald. Photo: ScanpixJohn Griggs Thompson and Jacques Tits received the Abelprize from H.M. King Harald. Photo: Scanpix

Thompson and Tits have won the prize for their contributions to what is referred to as group theory. The Abel Committee Chairman, Professor Kristian Seip, said in his explanation that the prize is awarded “for their outstanding achievements in algebra and especially for their shaping of modern group theory”.

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The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters is responsible for awarding the prize, and the Academy's President, Ole Didrik Lærum, noted in his speech that the Abel Prize was not just established to honour outstanding scientific achievements, but also to promote a greater appreciation in the society of the importance of mathematics and to stimulate young people's interest in the subject.

Ketil Bjørnstad, Randi Stene and  Lars Anders Tomter performing. Photo: ScanpixKetil Bjørnstad, Randi Stene and Lars Anders Tomter performing. Photo: Scanpix

The composer and pianist Ketil Bjørnstad, the mezzo-soprano Randi Stene and the violist Lars Anders Tomter provided the ceremony's musical performances.

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