# The Abel Prize Laureates 2008

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by Arne B. Sletsjøe

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by Arne B. Sletsjøe

John Griggs Thompson and Jacques Tits interviewed by two mathematicians, Martin Raussen and Christian Skau

The Abel Laureates John Griggs Thompson and Jacques Tits gave their prize lectures at the University of Oslo. The invited speakers were Michel Broué and Alex Lubotzky.

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His Majesty King Harald presented the Abel Prize for 2008 to the two mathematicians, John Griggs Thompson of the USA and Jacques Tits of France. The ceremony took place in the University of Oslo Aula, May 20. The King was accompanied by Her Majesty Queen Sonja.

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The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters awarded the Abel Prize for 2008 to John Griggs Thompson, University of Florida and Jacques Tits, Collège de France.