# 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.

The main lecture hall at Oxford's Mathematical Institute in the Andrew Wiles Building was nearly full of students and mathematicians from Oxford and beyond when Andrew Wiles entered the stage to give his lecture "Points on elliptic curves, problems and progress".

Wiles received the Abel Prize in 2016 for his stunning proof of Fermat's Last Theorem.

As in previous years members of the Abel Committee also gave lectures. Irene Fonseca, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Mellon College of Science, USA titled her lecture "Mathematical Analysis of Novel Advanced Materials". John Rognes from the University of Oslo and chair of the Abel committee gave a lecture on "Symmetries of Manifolds". Ben Green, Professor at Oxford University and member of the Abel committee, organized the event.

After the Abel lectures in Oxford the Royal Norwegian Embassy in London hosted a reception with invited guests from academia, representatives from scientific organizations and media.

Started in 2011

Since 2011 there have been Abel lectures in connection with the committee's last meeting before the announcement. The initiative was taken by former committee member Hendrik W. Lenstra. «Abel in Holland» at the University of Leiden was the first in this series of Abel lectures that now has become an annual event.

Abel lectures have been held for instance in Mumbai in India, in St. Petersburg, Zürich, Paris and Barcelona.

### 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

### 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.

(22.05.2018) More### 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.

(11.04.2018) More### 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

### 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.”

(19.03.2018) More