Banquet at Akershus Fortress

On behalf of the Norwegian Government, Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik gave an Abel Banquet at Akershus Fortress on the 3rd June in hour of the Laureate, Jean-Pierre Serre. John Ball, President of International Mathematical Union, delivered the main address. Both King Harald and Queen Sonja were present at the Abel Banquet. 

Queen Sonja is received by Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik and his wife Bjørg at Akershus Fortress in connection with the Abel Banquet in 2003. Photo: Arash A. Nejad

Jean-Pierre Serre was born at Bages in France in 1926. He studied at the École normale supérieure and took his doctorate at the Sorbonne in 1951. He was professor at the University of Nancy until, in 1956, he was made a professor at Collège de France. He was the youngest person ever to be awarded the prestigious Fields Medal.

Jean-Pierre Serre's work has a broad and deep reach and has been highly influential. His contributions are within three fields of modern mathematics: algebraic geometry, number theory and topology. Professor Serre is a master in drawing lines of connection between these fields and using techniques and experiences from one field to achieve startling results in other fields. 

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