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".

Who will be the next Abel Laureate?

The Abel Committee has embarked on the long journey in search of the next Abel Laureate. The committee which consists of five distinguished mathematicians has had its first meeting at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in Oslo the 2nd and 3rd of October. The next meeting will take place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania early next year.

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Record turnout for Atiyah’s Abel Lecture at ICM in Rio

1250 mathematicians from all over the world filled the big conference hall in Rio de Janeiro on Monday the 6th of August to listen to Sir Michael Atiyah’s  Abel Lecture, “The Future of Mathematical Physics: New ideas in old bottles”.

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Sir Michael Atiyah gives Abel lecture at ICM in Rio

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Robert P. Langlands received the Abel Prize from H.M. King Harald

In the University Aula in Oslo, surrounded by Munch's paintings and a diverse mathematical audience, Robert P. Langlands was today, May 22, awarded the Abel Prize for 2018 by H.M. King Harald. Langlands received the award of 6 million NOK “for his visionary program connecting representation theory to number theory.” The Langlands program is frequently described as a grand unified theory of mathematics.

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The Abel lectures 2018

Abel Laureate Robert Langlands gave his prize lecture titled "On the geometric theory" at the University of Oslo on the 23th of May. John Rognes, chair of the Abel committee, introduced Langlands to an almost full auditorium. Langlands' lecture was followed by two others talks, by Jim Arthur and Edward Frenkel. Watch the lectures live

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