Sir Andrew J. Wiles received the Abel Prize from H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon

Andrew Wiles received the 2016 Abel Prize from Norway's Crown Prince Haakon at an award ceremony in Oslo today, on 24 May. He receives the prize "for his stunning proof of Fermat's Last Theorem by way of the modularity conjecture for semistable elliptic curves, opening a new era in number theory", to quote the Abel Committee. The Abel Prize carries a cash award of 6 million NOK (about EUR 700,000 or USD 750,000) and has been awarded annually since 2003 by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

Andrew Wiles receives the 2016 Abel Prize from Crown Prince Haakon. Photo: Audun BraastadAndrew Wiles receives the 2016 Abel Prize from Crown Prince Haakon. Photo: Audun Braastad

The Abel Fanfare, composed by Klaus Sandvik, was performed by musicians from the Staff Band of the Norwegian Armed Forces as the Abel Laureate entered the University Aula accompanied by members of the Abel committee, the chair of the Abel board and the President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

As a prelude to the award ceremony the audience was invited on a journey into the history of the Abel Prize presented in pictures and words. The President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Ole M. Sejersted, gave the opening speech where he talked about the history and the vision of the Abel Prize. 

Film about the laureate

The Berlin-based filmmaker and mathematician Ekaterina Eremenko has visited Andrew J. Wiles at the University of Oxford where he is a Royal Society Research Professor. His address at the Mathematical Institute is the Andrew Wiles Building, which opened in 2013 and was named in his honour. In Eremenko's film, which was shown at the award ceremony, Wiles shares his thoughts about life and mathematics.

After the showing of the films the chair of the Abel Committee, John Rognes, gave the reasons for the awarding of the 2016 Abel Prize to Sir Andrew J. Wiles. He then asked H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon to come forward to present the Abel Prize to the laureate.

After the award ceremony there was a reception at Det Norske Teatret (The Norwegian Theatre). During the reception the laureate was interviewed by Nadia Hasnaoui, a Norwegian journalist and TV-presenter. 

Earlier today the Abel Laureate was received in audience at the Royal Palace. The Abel Banquet at Akershus Castle, hosted by Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, Minister of Education and Research, ended the day.

Photo: Audun BraastadPhoto: Audun Braastad


The Award Ceremony - Program

Ceremony program and speeches(pdf)

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