H.M. Queen Sonja presented the Abel Prize

The Swedish mathematician Lennart Carleson received the 2006 Abel Prize from H.M. Queen Sonja at an award ceremony in the University Aula in Oslo 23 May. The Norwegian Minister of Education and Research, Øystein Djupedal, also attended the event. "Mathematics is often called the queen of science. To receive the Abel Prize from the queen of Norway is a great honour", Lennart Carleson said in his speech.

Lennart Carleson receives the Abel Prize for 2006 from H.M. Queen Sonja. Photo: Knut Falch/Scanpix

Lennart Carleson receives the Abel Prize for 2006 from H.M. Queen Sonja. Photo: Knut Falch/Scanpix

Carleson receives the Abel Prize "for his profound and seminal contributions to harmonic analysis and the theory of smooth dynamical systems", says Erling Størmer, the chairman of the international Abel Committee. Størmer describes Carleson as an innovative problem solver.

The Abel Committee says in its citation: "Carleson is always far ahead of the crowd. He concentrates on only the most difficult and deep problems. Once these are solved, he lets others invade the kingdom he has discovered and moves on to even wilder and more remote domains of Science".

Audience and banquet

Before the award ceremony Lennart Carleson was received in audience by HM Queen Sonja and HRH Crown Prince Haakon at the Royal Palace. 

Lennart Carleson was received in audience by H.M. Queen Sonja and H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon at the royal palace. Photo: Scanpix

Lennart Carleson was received in audience by H.M. Queen Sonja and H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon at the royal palace. Photo: Scanpix

In the evening the Norwegian government hosted a banquet in honour of Abel Laureate Lennart Carleson at Akershus Castle. Øystein Djupedal, Minister of Education and Research, was the host for this event that completed the day's program.

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