The 2010 award ceremony

The American mathematician John Torrence Tate, University of Texas at Austin, received the 2010 Abel Prize from His Majesty King Harald at an award ceremony in Oslo, Norway, 25 May. An extensive program was set up for the Abel Laureate with the award ceremony as the main event.

John Tate recieved the 2010 Abel Prize for his «for his vast and lasting impact on the theory of numbers.»

John Torrence Tate recieved the Abel Prize from H.M. King Harald. Photo: ScanpixJohn Torrence Tate recieved the Abel Prize from H.M. King Harald. Photo: Scanpix

The chairman of the Abel Committee Kristian Seip said in his speech that the theory of numbers through the last century has developed into one of the most elaborate and sophisticated branches of mathematics, interacting profoundly with other areas. John Tate has been one of the prime architects of this development. - Many of the major lines of research in algebraic number theory and arithmetic geometry are only possible because of the incisive contribution and illuminating insight of John Tate. He has truly left a conspicuous imprint on modern mathematics, Kristian Seip concluded.

Christian Seip giving his speech. Photo: ScanpixChristian Seip giving his speech. Photo: Scanpix

The president of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Nils Chr. Stenseth emphasized in his speech that the Abel Prize and similar prestigious prizes help strengthen the position of and regard for science and basic research in the society. - Basic research work is a long-term endeavor. Thus, it is important to have institutions that maintain and defend such endeavors and to convey the joy and importance of this work to new generations of researchers. Our universities are such institutions, as is the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

The Abel Prize helps to call attention to these institutions as bearers of the long-term perspective of basic research, said Nils Chr. Stenseth. Stenseth was also eager to highlight the fact that one of the goals of the Abel Prize is to strengthen the interest in mathematics among children and young people. To support the Holmboe Prize, which is a prize for math teachers, and also the two school competitions - KappAbel and the Abel Competition - are important means to achieve this aim.

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