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.
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.
The Award Ceremony - Program
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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.(10.05.2016) More
Robert Bryant, President of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), congratulates Sir Andrew Wiles with the 2016 Abel Prize.(15.03.2016) More
“No individual exemplifies the relentless pursuit of mathematical understanding in the service of mankind better than Sir Andrew Wiles. His dedication to solving problems that have defied mankind for centuries, and the stunning beauty of his solutions to these problems, provide a beacon to inspire and sustain everyone who wrestles with the fundamental challenges of mathematics and the world around us. His work will inspire mathematicians and scientists for centuries to come. We are immensely proud to have Andrew as a colleague at the Mathematical Institute in Oxford.(14.03.2016) More
The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize for 2016 to Sir Andrew J. Wiles (62), University of Oxford, “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.”
The President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Ole M. Sejersted, announced the winner of the 2016 Abel Prize at the Academy in Oslo today, 15 March. Andrew J. Wiles will receive the Abel Prize from H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon at an award ceremony in Oslo on 24 May.(14.03.2016) More