# The Abel Year 2005

Peter D. Lax received the Abel Prize 2005 from HRH the Crown Prince Regent of Norway at a ceremony in the University Aula in Oslo 24 May. HM the Queen was also present at the award ceremony.

Peter D. Lax interviewed by the mathematicians Martin Raussen and Christian Skau.

Peter D. Lax gave his Abel Lecture at the University of Oslo on 25 May. Three other prominent mathematicians gave honourary lectures.

*Abstract Phragmen-Lindelöf theorem Saint Venant's principle:***Peter D. Lax**, Abel Laureate 2005, New York University*Systems of conservation laws*:

**Professor Sebastian Noelle**, CMA Oslo/RWTH Aachen*Hyperbolic equations and spectral geometry*:**Professor Peter Sarnak**, Princeton University *Rigourous semiclassical asymptotics for integrable systems: The KdV and focusing NLS cases*:**Professor Stephanos Venakides**, Duke University

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters decided to award the Abel Prize for 2005 to Peter D. Lax, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University.This was announced by chair of the Abel committee Erling Stømer (right).

Marcelo Viana (43), Instituto de Matemática Pura e Aplicada (IMPA), Brazil, received the first ever Srinivasa Ramanujan Prize that carries a $ 10,000 cash award donated by the Niels Henrik Abel Memorial Fund.