Royal handshake for Varadhan in Oslo

The Norwegian King and Queen, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Education and Research all took part in the celebration of the Abel Laureate Srinivasa S. R. Varadhan. His Majesty King Harald presented the Abel Prize for 2007 to Varadhan at an award ceremony in the University Aula in Oslo 22 May.
Earlier that day Varadhan was received in audience at the Royal Palace. In the evening Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg hosted a banquet at Akershus Castle in honour of the Abel Laureate. King Harald, Queen Sonja and Øystein Djupedal, the Minister of Education and Research were among the many prominent guests The Abel banners flanked Karl Johan’s street all the way up to the Royal Palace when Srinivasa S. R. Varadhan arrived in Oslo 19 May for the Abel celebrations. The Abel Laureate had an extensive programme for the five days he stayed in Oslo. On Sunday 20 May he gave a talk to young people at the Science Café about “To expect the unexpected”. On Monday 21st of May Srinivasa Varadhan was the guest of honour at Oslo Cathedral School, Niels Henrik Abel’s school. Here he presented the Holmboe Prize - named after Abel’s teacher - to a distinguished mathematics teacher. During this event Varadhan also met young students from Norway and Germany who have won mathematics contests. In the evening the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters hosted a dinner in honour of the Srinivasa S. R. Varadhan. Abel Laureates Peter D. Lax (2005) and Lennart Carleson(2006) were be among the guests. On Tuesday 22nd of May it was time for the award ceremony in the University Aula and the banquet at Akershus Castle. On Wednesday 23rd of May Srinivasa S. R. Varadhan gave his Abel Lecture at the University of Oslo. On Thursday 24th of May Srinivasa S. R. Varadhan went to Trondheim where he gave a lecture at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Varadhan also visited a math circus in the town centre where hundreds of children turned up to meet him. The Abel Prize, awarded by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters for outstanding scientific work in the field of mathematics, carries a cash award of NOK 6,000,000, or close to 1 mill. USD. The Abel Prize is this year awarded for the fifth time. The first Abel Prize was awarded in 2003 to Jean-Pierre Serre, Collège de France. In 2004 the Abel Prize was shared between Sir Michael Atiyah, University of Edinburgh and Isadore Singer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Peter D. Lax, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, was the 2005 Abel Laureate. Lennart Carleson, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden was awarded the Abel Prize in 2006.

The Honouring of the 2020 Abel Prize Laureates

All events in connection to the Abel Prize Week in May are cancelled due to the Corona pandemic. The 2020 Abel Prize Laureates Hillel Furstenberg and Gregory Margulis will be honoured, together with the Abel Prize Laureate(s) of 2021 during next year’s Abel Prize Ceremony, May 25 2021.

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Furstenberg and Margulis to share the Abel Prize

The Abel Prize for 2020 goes to Hillel Furstenberg, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel​ and Gregory Margulis, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA, for “pioneering the use of methods from probability and dynamics in group theory, number theory and combinatorics.”

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President of the Academy announces Abel Prize winner

The President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Hans Petter Graver will announce the winner of the 2020 on March 18. The Academy's choice of laureate is based on the Abel Committee's recommendation.

The event will be in an all-digital format and streamed live from this location

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