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.

Yves Meyer received the Abel Prize from H.M. King Harald. Photo: Thomas BrunYves Meyer received the Abel Prize from H.M. King Harald. Photo: Thomas Brun/NTB

Yves Meyer was the visionary leader in the modern development of wavelet 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.

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 gave the opening speech. Then the chair of the Abel Committee John Rognes gave the reasons for the awarding of the prize.

Yves Meyer giving his acceptance speech in the University Aula in Oslo. Yves Meyer giving his acceptance speech in the University Aula in Oslo. Photo: Thomas Brun/NTB

Film about the laureate 

The Berlin-based filmmaker and mathematician Ekaterina Eremenko visited Yves Meyer a the École normale supérieure Paris-Saclay where he has had a lifelong attachment.  Meyer says in the film that he is very pleased that his mathematical theory of wavelets could be used in the detection of gravitational waves. The film that was shown as part of the award ceremony also includes a visit the French Academy, L'Académie des sciences, where Meyer is a member.

Watch the movie here

Before the award ceremony 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 program for the day.

The Abel lectures 2017

Yves Meyer gave his prize lecture at the University of Oslo on 24 May, followed by Abel lectures by Stéphane Mallat, Ingrid Daubechies and Emmanuel Jean Candès. A great many mathematicians from many countries attended the Abel lectures, including the President of the International Mathematical Union (IMU) Shigefumi Mori and Pavel Exner, President of the European Mathematical Society (EMS).

Meyer has inspired a generation of mathematicians who has gone on to make important contributions in their own right. One of these, Meyer's former student Stéphane Mallat, calls him a "visionary" whose work can't be labeled either pure or applied mathematics, nor computer science either, but simply "amazing".

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

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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.”

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Who will win this year’s Abel prize?

The President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Ole M. Sejersted, will announce the winner of the Abel Prize for 2018 at the Academy on March 20. 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. Writer and broadcaster, Alex Bellos, will then give a popular science presentation of the prize winner’s work.

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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.

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