# President of the Academy announces Abel Prize winner

The President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Hans Petter Graver (photo), will announce the winner of the 2019 Abel Prize at the Academy on March 19. The Academy's choice of laureate is based on the Abel Committee's recommendation. The chair of the Abel Committee, Hans Munthe-Kaas, will give the reasons for the awarding of the prize. The popular science presentation of the prize winner's work will be given by Jim Al-Khalili - a British physicist, author and broadcaster. He will also talk to the prize winner to get his/her immediate response to the news of being awarded the Abel Prize.

**The event will streamed at www.abelprize.no. The broadcast starts at 11 GMT/UTC (12 noon in Oslo, Norway).**

The Abel Prize has been awarded annually since 2003. This year's Abel Prize Award Ceremony will take place on May 21 at the University Aula in Oslo, Norway. His Majesty King Harald V will present the Abel Prize to the laureate.

The ceremony will be followed by a reception and an interview with the Abel laureate in front of a live audience. In the evening, the Norwegian Government will host a banquet at Akershus Castle.

Jim Al-Khalili OBE FRS is a theoretical physicist, author and broadcaster. He holds the post of Distinguished Professor of Physics at the University of Surrey where he also has a university chair in the public engagement in science. His research specialism has been in nuclear reaction theory and, more recently, in quantum biology. He has written twelve popular science books, between them translated into over twenty languages. He is a regular science presenter on BBC TV and radio and a recipient of the Royal Society Michael Faraday medal, the Institute of Physics Kelvin Medal and the very first Stephen Hawking Medal. He is the current president of the British Science Association.

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