Royal handshake for Varadhan in Oslo

The Norwegian King and Queen, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Education and Research all took part in the celebration of the Abel Laureate Srinivasa S. R. Varadhan. His Majesty King Harald presented the Abel Prize for 2007 to Varadhan at an award ceremony in the University Aula in Oslo 22 May.

Srinivasa S. R. Varadhan, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York, received the Abel prize from H.M. King Harald. Photo: Terje Bendiksby/ScanpixSrinivasa S. R. Varadhan, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York, received the Abel Prize from H.M. King Harald. Photo: Terje Bendiksby/Scanpix

Earlier that day Varadhan was received in audience at the Royal Palace. In the evening Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg hosted a banquet at Akershus Castle in honour of the Abel Laureate. King Harald, Queen Sonja and Øystein Djupedal, the Minister of Education and Research were among the many prominent guests.

Srinivasa S. R. Varadhan was received in audience by His Majesty King Harald and Her Majesty Queen Sonja. Photo: Scanpix

Srinivasa S. R. Varadhan was received in audience by His Majesty King Harald and Her Majesty Queen Sonja. Photo: Scanpix

The Abel banners flanked Karl Johan's street all the way up to the Royal Palace when Srinivasa S. R. Varadhan arrived in Oslo 19 May for the Abel celebrations. The Abel Laureate had an extensive programme for the five days he stayed in Oslo. On Sunday 20 May he gave a talk to young people at the Science Café about "To expect the unexpected".

On Monday 21 May Srinivasa Varadhan was the guest of honour at Oslo Cathedral School, Niels Henrik Abel's school. Here he presented the Holmboe Prize - named after Abel's teacher - to a distinguished mathematics teacher. During this event Varadhan also met young students from Norway and Germany who had won mathematics contests.

In the evening the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters hosted a dinner in honour of Srinivasa S. R. Varadhan. Abel Laureates Peter D. Lax (2005) and Lennart Carleson (2006) were among the guests.

On Tuesday 22 May it was time for the award ceremony in the University Aula and the banquet at Akershus Castle. On Wednesday 23 May Srinivasa S. R. Varadhan gave his Abel Lecture at the University of Oslo.

 

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