# The Abel Prize awarded to Pierre Deligne

The Belgian mathematician Pierre Deligne received the Abel Prize from His Majesty King Harald V at an award ceremony at the University Aula in Oslo, today, 21st of May. The Abel Prize that carries a cash award of NOK 6,000,000 (close to € 800,000, US$ 1 million), is awarded annually by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Kirsti Strøm Bull, gave the opening speech. The chair of the international Abel Committee, Ragni Piene, gave the reasons for the awarding of the prize.

Pierre Deligne, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, USA, receives the Abel Prize "for seminal contributions to algebraic geometry and for their transformative impact on number theory, representation theory, and related fields".

Before the award ceremony Pierre Deligne was received in audience at the Royal Palace. In the evening the Norwegian Minister of Education and Research, Kristin Halvorsen, will host a banquet at Akershus Castle in honour of the Abel Laureate. Hendrik W. Lenstra, Leiden University, Netherlands, a former member of the Abel Committee, will give a speech.

### Abel Lectures

May 22nd, The Abel Laureate will give his prize lecture, titled "Hidden symmetries of algebraic varieties" at the University of Oslo. Then there will be two Abel Lectures by Nicholas Katz, Princeton University, "Life Over Finite Fields", and by Claire Voisin, École Polytechnique and CNRS,

"Mixed Hodge structures and the topology of algebraic varieties". The Science Lecture will this time be delivered by Ravi Vakil, Stanford University. He will talk about "Algebraic geometry and the ongoing unification of mathematics". All the lectures will be filmed and published on the Abel Prize website, http://www.abelprize.no/