# 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 Strřm 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/

The Abel Lectures will be followed by a reception at the Belgian embassy in Norway and an Abel Party at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

### Next stop Trondheim

Next stop for the Abel Laureate Pierre Deligne will be the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim (NTNU) where he will meet schoolchildren trying to solve mathematical problems, give a lecture to students at NTNU and be the guest of honour at a banquet hosted by university rector Torbjřrn Digernes.

### Abel symposium in Stockholm

The week of Abel celebrations will close with a symposium in honour of the Abel Prize Laureate 2013 at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm on the 24th of May.

### Lovász and Wigderson to share the Abel Prize

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize for 2021 to László Lovász of Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics (ELKH, MTA Institute of Excellence) and Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary, and Avi Wigderson of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA,

“for their foundational contributions to theoretical computer science and discrete mathematics, and their leading role in shaping them into central fields of modern mathematics”

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Due to the uncertain development of the Covid-19 pandemic in Norway, all physical events are canceled. Instead, there will be three online events.

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