The Abel Year 2004

The Abel Prize Laureate 2004

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize for 2004 to

Sir Michael Francis Atiyah

University of Edinburgh and

Isadore M. Singer

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


"for their discovery and proof of the index theorem, bringing together topology, geometry and analysis, and their outstanding role in building new bridges between mathematics and theoretical physics."

King Harald presented the Abel Prize
Singer and Atiyah receive the Abel Prize from H.M. King Harald. Photo: Knut Falch

Isadore Singer and Sir Michael Atiyah received the Abel Prize from His Majesty King Harald during the award ceremony in the University of Oslo Aula. The Academy's President, Lars Walløe, and the chair of the Abel Committee, Erling Størmer, gave speeches.

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Interview with the laureates

Isadore Singer and Sir Michael Atiyah, this year's Abel Laureates, were interviewed in Oslo by Martin Raussen and Christian Skau prior to the award ceremony.

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Science Café in Oslo with Atiyah
Quentin Cooper and Sir Michael Atiyah. Photo: Ørn E. Borgen.

"Man versus machine - the brain and the computer", was the topic Abel Laureate Sir Michael Atiyah chose for his talk at Café Rust in Oslo. The discussion afterwards was chaired by BBC-journalist Quentin Cooper.

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Youth and maths at Oslo Cathedral School
Winners of the 2004 KappAbel competition from Tynset School.
The winners of the Abel competitions from Norway, Germany and France met at Niels Henrik Abel's own school to a celebration in his memory on the 24th of May. The winners of the Norwegian competion KappAbel (picture) presented their project on mathematic and music.
Atiyah and Singer share the Abel Prize
Lars Walløe, President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Photo: Anne Lise Flavik

Lars Walløe, President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, announced on 25 March that the 2004 Abel Prize is shared between Sir Michael Atiyah og Isadore Singer. They receive the prize for their discovery and proof of the index theorem.

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First Abel symposium in Oslo
Abel Symposium 2004. Photo: Svein Erik Dahl

Nearly 40 top mathematicians gathered in Oslo for the first Abel Symposium. The theme of the symposium was Operator Algebras in a wide sense. The symposium was organized by a committee headed by Professor Ola Bratteli, University of Oslo.

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