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