# The Abel Prize awarded to Pierre Deligne

The Belgian mathematician Pierre Deligne received the Abel Prize from His Majesty King Harald V at an award ceremony at the University Aula in Oslo, today, 21st of May. The Abel Prize that carries a cash award of NOK 6,000,000 (close to € 800,000, US$ 1 million), is awarded annually by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Kirsti Strøm Bull, gave the opening speech. The chair of the international Abel Committee, Ragni Piene, gave the reasons for the awarding of the prize.

Pierre Deligne, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, USA, receives the Abel Prize "for seminal contributions to algebraic geometry and for their transformative impact on number theory, representation theory, and related fields".

Before the award ceremony Pierre Deligne was received in audience at the Royal Palace. In the evening the Norwegian Minister of Education and Research, Kristin Halvorsen, will host a banquet at Akershus Castle in honour of the Abel Laureate. Hendrik W. Lenstra, Leiden University, Netherlands, a former member of the Abel Committee, will give a speech.

### Abel Lectures

May 22nd, The Abel Laureate will give his prize lecture, titled "Hidden symmetries of algebraic varieties" at the University of Oslo. Then there will be two Abel Lectures by Nicholas Katz, Princeton University, "Life Over Finite Fields", and by Claire Voisin, École Polytechnique and CNRS,

"Mixed Hodge structures and the topology of algebraic varieties". The Science Lecture will this time be delivered by Ravi Vakil, Stanford University. He will talk about "Algebraic geometry and the ongoing unification of mathematics". All the lectures will be filmed and published on the Abel Prize website, http://www.abelprize.no/

The Abel Lectures will be followed by a reception at the Belgian embassy in Norway and an Abel Party at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

### Next stop Trondheim

Next stop for the Abel Laureate Pierre Deligne will be the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim (NTNU) where he will meet schoolchildren trying to solve mathematical problems, give a lecture to students at NTNU and be the guest of honour at a banquet hosted by university rector Torbjørn Digernes.

### Abel symposium in Stockholm

The week of Abel celebrations will close with a symposium in honour of the Abel Prize Laureate 2013 at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm on the 24th of May.

### 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.

(02.02.2018) More### 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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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.

(12.05.2017) More### 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.

(08.05.2017) More### 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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