The Abel Year 2012

The Abel Prize Laureate 2012

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize for 2012 to

Endre Szemerédi

Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, and Department of Computer Science, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA

"for his fundamental contributions to discrete mathematics and theoretical computer science, and in recognition of the profound and lasting impact of these contributions on additive number theory and ergodic theory."

The Abel Prize Ceremony 2012

The Abel Prize was awarded for the tenth time at the University Aula in Oslo, 22 May. See video of the ceremony below:















The Hungarian-American mathematician Endre Szemerédi received the 2012 Abel Prize from His Majesty King Harald at the award ceremony in Oslo, Norway, 22 May. The Minister of Education and Research, Kristin Halvorsen, the President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters Nils Chr. Stenseth and Chair of the Abel Committee Ragni Piene gave speeches at the ceremony.

Read more: The Abel Prize Ceremony 2012


See pictures

Endre Szemerédi is interviewed by the two mathematicians  Martin Raussen og Christian Skau:


The TV-interview with Endre Szemerédi was broadcasted on the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK)

Endre Szemerédi interviewed by Tonje Steinsland at the reception after the award ceremony:
(Only Sound)

The 2012 Abel Lectures
The 2012 Abel lectures

The Abel lectures was held at the University of Oslo, May 23.

Endre Szemerédi: In every chaos there is an order


László Lovász:
The many facets of the Regularity Lemma


Timothy Gowers:
The afterlife of Szemerédi's theorem


Popular science lecture by Avi Wigderson: Randomness and pseudorandomness


Wreath-laying ceremony at the Abel Monument


Date: 21.05.2012
Time: 17:00 - 17:20
Location: Royal Palace grounds, Oslo

The Abel Laureate will honour Niels Henrik Abel by laying down a wreath at the Abel Monument.


Helge Holden, chair of the Abel board, will give a speech. Music. This event is open to the public.

The Abel Prize announcement

Date: 21.03.2012
Time: 12:00 - 12:40
Location: The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

The name of the 2012 Abel Laureate will be announced by the President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Nils Chr. Stenseth.

The chair of the Abel committee, Professor Ragni Piene, will then state the reasons for the awarding of the prize. This will be followed by a popular science presentation of the prizewinner and his work. The announcement can be wieved as a live webcast.


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