Jean-Pierre Serre received the Abel Prize from the hands of King Harald

The Abel Prize was awarded by His Majesty King Harald V during a solemn ceremony in the Great Hall of the University on the 3rd June. Her Majesty Queen Sonja was also present. Professor Inger Moen, President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, gave the opening address.

Jean-Pierre Serre received the Abel Prize from the hands of His Majesty King Harald V. Photo: Arash A. Nejad

The Grand Hall was packed when the Chairman of the Abel Committee, Professor Erling Størmer, justified the award of the first Abel Prize to the French mathematician Jean-Pierre Serre.

"The Abel Committee has been commissioned by the Board of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters to consider a great number of outstanding mathematicians from all over the world. Among these was one who stood out, and it was Jean-Pierre Serre. Few mathematicians have meant so much for so many branches of modern mathematics and few have made such important contributions to solving so many problems in geometry and number theory as Jean-Pierre Serre", said  Størmer in his speech. He also noted that Professor Serre has been innovative in his work of clothing many mathematical fields in a modern form.

Jean-Pierre Serre expressed his gratitude for the prize, and in particular his appreciation for the presence of the young prize-winners of the Abel Competition and KappAbel. 

The Norwegian Soloists' Choir conducted by Grete Pedersen, with the addition of trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær, created a beautiful musical framework for the award ceremony. 

In audience at the Palace

The Abel Laureate Jean-Pierre Serre was received in audience at the Palace by King Harald and Queen Sonja. Photo: Arash A. Nejad

A busy programme was put on for the Abel Laureate in Oslo. Before the award ceremony Jean-Pierre Serre was granted an audience at the Palace, where he was received by King Harald and Queen Sonja. Earlier in the day the laureate had met the Norwegian and international press at Hotel Continental.

The hotel, which has hosted authors, artists and other giants of the mental world for more than 100 years, wrote a new chapter of its history with the creation of the Abel Suite, which Laureate Jean-Pierre Serre was given the honour of inaugurating. 

The day was concluded with the government banquet at Akershus Fortress, hosted by Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik. 

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