Tenth anniversary of the Abel Prize
His Majesty King Harald presented the prestigious Abel Prize to the Hungarian-American mathematician Endre Szemerédi today in a formal ceremony at the Aula (the Hall) of the University of Oslo.
Professor Szemerédi received the award for his fundamental contributions to discrete mathematics and theoretical computer science.
The Abel Committee also stated that Szemerédi received the award in recognition of the profound and lasting impact of these contributions on additive number theory and ergodic theory. Prior to the ceremony the King granted the Abel Laureate an audience at the Royal Palace.
The Abel Prize
The prize is named in honour of the Norwegian mathematician Niels Henrik Abel, who during his short life developed several theories instrumental to the development of mathematics as a field. Abel died of tuberculosis in 1829, a few months shy of his 27th birthday.
The prize of NOK 6 million is awarded by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. This years recipient, Endre Szemerédi, is affiliated with the Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest. Since 1986 he has also been the State of New Jersey Professor of Computer Science at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey , in the US.
Award ceremony at the Aula
The Abel Prize was awarded for the tenth time this year. Trumpet soloist Tine Thing Helseth performed during the award ceremony, which was held at the Aula of the University of Oslo.
Speeches were given by the President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Professor Nils Christian Stenseth, and the Chairman of the Abel Committee, Professor Ragni Piene, before the prize was presented.
Wreath-laying ceremony and banquet
In keeping with tradition, the Abel Laureate laid a wreath at the Niels Henrik Abel monument on Monday afternoon. Unveiled in 1908 in the Palace Park, the monument marks Gustav Vigelands (1869-1943) definitive breakthrough as a sculptor. To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Abel Prize, the Vigeland Museum is featuring the exhibition Vigelands Abel. The exhibition will run through 26 August.
This evening the King will attend the banquet at Akershus Fortress hosted by the Government in honour of the Abel Laureate. Minister of Education and Research Kristin Halvorsen and Professor Ivar Ekeland, a French mathematician and member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, are scheduled to speak.
Congratulations are presented today from His Majesty King Harald to His Excellency Mr Egils Levits, President of the Republic of Latvia.
World Heritage at Vega
In 2004, UNESCO inscribed the Vega Archipelago on the World Heritage List. Today His Royal Highness The Crown Prince was in attendance to open the new Vega Archipelago World Heritage Centre – Norway’s first authorised centre of its kind.