Choosing an Abel Laureate

Professor Kristian Seip, chairman of the Abel Committee, explained why Mikhail L. Gromov was awarded the Abel Prize for 2009 after the name of this year’s Abel Laureate had been announced by Øyvind Østerud, the President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.
Praeses, ladies and gentlemen, The 2009 Abel Prize is awarded to Mikhail Gromov for his revolutionary contributions to geometry. Geometry is one of the oldest fields of mathematics; it has engaged the attention of great mathematicians through the centuries, but underwent revolutionary change during the last 50 years. Mikhail Gromov has led some of the most important developments, producing profoundly original general ideas which have resulted in new perspectives on geometry and other areas of mathematics. Riemannian geometry developed from the study of curved surfaces and their higher dimensional analogues, and has found applications for instance to the theory of general relativity. Gromov played a decisive role in the creation of modern global Riemannian geometry. His solutions of important problems in global geometry relied on new general concepts, such as convergence of Riemannian manifolds and a compactness principle, which now bear his name. Gromov is one of the founders of the field of global symplectic geometry. Holomorphic curves were known to be an important tool in the geometry of complex manifolds. However, the environment of integrable complex structures was too rigid. In a famous paper in 1985, he extended the concept of holomorphic curves to J-holomorphic curves on symplectic manifolds. This led to the theory of Gromov-Witten invariants, which is now an extremely active subject linked to modern quantum field theory. It also led to the creation of symplectic topology and gradually penetrated and transformed many other areas of mathematics. Gromov’s work on groups of polynomial growth introduced ideas that forever changed the way in which a discrete infinite group is viewed. He discovered the geometry of discrete groups and solved several outstanding problems. His geometrical approach rendered complicated combinatorial arguments much more natural and powerful. Mikhail Gromov is always in pursuit of new questions and is constantly thinking of new ideas for solutions of long-standing problems. He has produced deep and original work throughout his career and remains remarkably creative. The work of Gromov will continue to be a source of inspiration for many future mathematical discoveries.

Abel in Oxford" with lecture by Sir Andrew Wiles

It has become a tradition that the Abel Committee after its final meeting hosts an Abel seminar. This year the committee meeting at London Mathematical Society was followed by "Abel in Oxford" with Abel Laureate Andrew Wiles as the main speaker. Martin Bridson, head of the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford and Camilla Serck-Hanssen, Vice President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters gave introductory talks.

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Yves Meyer received the Abel Prize from H.M. King Harald

H.M. King Harald presented the Abel Prize to Yves Meyer of the École normale supérieure Paris-Saclay, France at an award ceremony in Oslo on 23 May. He receives the prize for his pivotal role in the development of the mathematical theory of wavelets, says John Rognes, chair of the Abel committee. Among the prominent guests attending the award  ceremony was the French ambassador to Norway, Jean-François Dobelle and the Norwegian Minister of Education and Research, Torbjørn Røe Isaksen.

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Three days of celebration for Abel Laureate Yves Meyer

His Majesty King Harald will present the Abel Prize to Yves Meyer at an award ceremony in Oslo on 23 May. He receives the prize "for his pivotal role in the development of the mathematical theory of wavelets", to quote the Abel committee. Yves Meyer, of the École  normale supérieure Paris-Saclay, was the visionary leader in the modern development of this theory, at the intersection of mathematics, information technology and computational science.

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The Abel lectures 2017

Abel Laureate Yves Meyer gave his prize lecture at the University of Oslo on the 24th of May, with following Abel lectures by Stéphane Mallat, Ingrid Daubechies og Emmanuel Jean Candès. Watch the lectures here.

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Congratulations from AMS President

"On behalf of the American Mathematical Society, it is my great pleasure to congratulate Professor Yves Meyer, recipient of the 2017 Abel Prize.  Professor Meyer has been a visionary in a broad range of fields, including number theory and differential equations.  His fundamental work in the theory of wavelets has transformed the world of signal processing and has led to a myriad of practical applications."  -- AMS President Kenneth A. Ribet (University of California, Berkeley)
Photo: Jim Brook


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