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)

Yves Meyer receives the Abel Prize

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize for 2017 to Yves Meyer (77) of the École normale supérieure Paris-Saclay, France “for his pivotal role in the development of the mathematical theory of wavelets”. The President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Ole M. Sejersted, announced the winner of the 2017 Abel Prize at the Academy in Oslo today, 21 March.

Yves Meyer was the visionary leader in the modern development of this theory, at the intersection of mathematics, information technology and computational science. 

Wavelet analysis has been applied in a wide variety of arenas as diverse as applied and computational harmonic analysis, data compression, noise reduction, medical imaging, archiving, digital cinema, deconvolution of the Hubble space telescope images, and the recent LIGO detection of gravitational waves created by the collision of two black holes.

Yves Meyer will receive the Abel Prize from His Majesty King Harald V at an award ceremony in Oslo on 23 May.

The Abel Prize recognizes contributions of extraordinary depth and influence to the mathematical sciences and has been awarded annually since 2003. It carries a cash award of 6 million NOK (about 675,000 Euro or 715,000 USD). 

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Abel Prize announcement March 21

Popular science presentation by Terence Tao

The President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Ole M. Sejersted, will announce the winner of the Abel Prize for 2017 at the Academy on the 21st of March. The Academy's choice of laureate is based on the Abel Committee's recommendation. The chair of the Abel Committee, John Rognes, will give the reasons for the awarding of the prize. The world famous mathematician Terence Tao will give the popular science presentation of the prize winner's work.

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"Abel in Barcelona" with lecture by Louis Nirenberg

Institut d'Estudis Catalans will host the Abel in Barcelona-event on Monday the 16th of January. In connection with the final meeting of the Abel committee, whose task it is to select the Abel Prize Laureate for 2017, there will be an afternoon of lectures aimed at a broad mathematical audience. Louis Nirenberg, who shared the Abel Prize 2015 with John Nash, will give the first lecture. There will also be lectures by two of the Abel committee members, Luigi Ambrosio and Ben Green.

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The Abel lectures 2016

Abel Laureate Sir Andrew Wiles will give his prize lecture at the University of Oslo on the 25th of May,  followed by two Abel Lectures by Henri Darmon and Manjul Bhargava. Simon Singh will then give the popular lecture From Fermat's Last Theorem to Homer's Last Theorem.

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Congratulations from the AMS President

Robert Bryant, President of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), congratulates Sir Andrew Wiles with the 2016 Abel Prize.

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