The Abel Year 2011

The Abel Prize Laureate 2011

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize for 2011 to

John Milnor

Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Stony Brook University, New York

"for pioneering discoveries in topology, geometry and algebra."

The Award Ceremony

John Milnor recieved the Abel Prize 2011 from H.M King Harald at the award Ceremony in Gamle Logen, Oslo, 24. May.

The Abel Lectures

John Milnor gave his prize lecture at the University of Oslo, 25. May.  Curtis McMullen and Michael Hopkins were invited speakers. The aim of the Abel Lectures is to give a general audience a glimpse of the mathematics of the Abel Laureate and to convey to the general mathematician the importance and impact of his work. The Science Lecture was delivered by Etienne Ghys.


Wreath-laying ceremony at the Abel Monument

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The announcement

The name of the 2011 Abel Laureate was announced by the President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Øyvind Østerud, on the 23rd of March.

The chair of the Abel committee, Professor Ragni Piene, stated the reasons for the awarding of the prize. Professor Tim Gowers gave popular science presentation of the prizewinner and his work.

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