Successful Abel seminar at Leiden University

For the very time all the members of the Abel committee gave lectures as a prelude to the committee's meeting to select an Abel Laureate. The seminar "Abel in Holland" at the University of Leiden was opened by Rector Paul van der Heijden (picture).

The President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Øyvind Østerud,  delivered the opening speech.

This very well attended seminar was initiated by Hendrik W. Lenstra, member of the Abel committee and Professor at Leiden University.

The seminar was followed by a reception at the Norwegian embassy in The Hague, hosted by Ambassador Eva Bugge.


From left: Madabushi Santanam Raghunathan, Björn Engquist, Ragni Piene, Hendrik W. Lenstra, og David Donoho. Photo: Ben Grishaaver

The lectures:

  • Ragni Piene (University of Oslo)
    Generating functions and enumerative geometry
  • Hendrik Lenstra (Leiden University)
    Modelling finite fields
  • Björn Engquist (University of Texas)
    Numerical approximation of high frequency wave propagation
  • M. S. Raghunathan (Tata Institute)
    On the first Betti number of hyperbolic 3-manifolds
  • David Donoho (Stanford University)
    Compressed Sensing and Combinatorial Geometry

The Abel lectures 2018

Abel Laureate Robert Langlands gave his prize lecture titled "On the geometric theory" at the University of Oslo on the 23th of May. John Rognes, chair of the Abel committee, introduced Langlands to an almost full auditorium. Langlands' lecture was followed by two others talks, by Jim Arthur and Edward Frenkel. Watch the lectures live

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Robert P. Langlands received the Abel Prize from H.M. King Harald

In the University Aula in Oslo, surrounded by Munch's paintings and a diverse mathematical audience, Robert P. Langlands was today, May 22, awarded the Abel Prize for 2018 by H.M. King Harald. Langlands received the award of 6 million NOK “for his visionary program connecting representation theory to number theory.” The Langlands program is frequently described as a grand unified theory of mathematics.

(22.05.2018) More

Would you like to attend the 2018 Abel Prize award ceremony?

The Abel Prize award ceremony takes place at 22 may 2018, 14:00 in the University Aula in Oslo, Norway. His Majesty King Harald V will present the prize to this year’s laureate, Robert P. Langlands.  The ceremony is open, but requires registration. For registration, click here

(11.04.2018) More

AMS President congratulates Robert P. Langlands

"It is my great pleasure to congratulate Professor Robert P. Langlands, winner of the 2018 Abel Prize. Robert Langlands is one of the most distinguished mathematicians alive today and a towering figure in the history of modern mathematics. His insights, which grew out of penetrating technical work early in his career, have transformed and enriched both number theory and representation theory. The deep relations between the two subjects that he predicted and probed have guided the work of countless mathematicians over the last 50 years."
- Kenneth A. Ribet, AMS President, University of California, Berkeley


Article about Abel Prize winner Langlands

Published on the AMS website

Robert P. Langlands receives the Abel Prize

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize for 2018 to Robert P. Langlands of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA “for his visionary program connecting representation theory to number theory.”

(19.03.2018) More
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