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The Abel Prize /ˈɑːbəl/ (Norwegian: Abelprisen) is a Norwegian prize awarded every year by the Government of Norway to one or more outstanding mathematicians. It is named after Norwegian mathematician Niels Henrik Abel (1802–1829) and modelled after the Nobel Prizes, the award was established in 2001 by the Government of Norway and complements its sister prize in the humanities, the Holberg Prize.

It comes with a monetary award of 6 million Norwegian kroner (NOK) (around 650,000).


Year Winner(s) Image Citizenship(s) Work place(s) Citation
2003 Serre, Jean-PierreJean-Pierre Serre Jean-Pierre Serre  France Collège de France "For playing a key role in shaping the modern form of many parts of mathematics, including topology, algebraic geometry and number theory."
2004 Atiyah, MichaelMichael Atiyah Michael Atiya  United Kingdom University of Edinburgh "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."
Singer, IsadoreIsadore Singer Isadore Singer  United States Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2005 Lax, PeterPeter Lax Peter Lax  Hungary /  United States Courant Institute "For his groundbreaking contributions to the theory and application of partial differential equations and to the computation of their solutions."
2006 Carleson, LennartLennart Carleson Lennart Carleson  Sweden Royal Institute of Technology "For his profound and seminal contributions to harmonic analysis and the theory of smooth dynamical systems."
2007 Varadhan, S. R. SrinivasaS. R. Srinivasa Varadhan S. R. Srinivasa Varadhan  India /  United States Courant Institute "For his fundamental contributions to probability theory and in particular for creating a unified theory of large deviation."
2008 Thompson, John G.John G. Thompson John Griggs Thompson  United States University of Florida "For their profound achievements in algebra and in particular for shaping modern group theory."
Tits, JacquesJacques Tits Jacques Tits  Belgium /  France Collège de France
2009 Gromov, MikhailMikhail Gromov Mikhail Leonidovich Gromov  Russia /  France Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques and Courant Institute "For his revolutionary contributions to geometry."
2010 Tate, JohnJohn Tate John Tate  United States University of Texas at Austin "For his vast and lasting impact on the theory of numbers."
2011 Milnor, JohnJohn Milnor John Milnor  United States Stony Brook University "For pioneering discoveries in topology, geometry, and algebra."
2012 Szemerédi, EndreEndre Szemerédi Endre Szemeredi  Hungary /  United States Alfréd Rényi Institute
and Rutgers University
"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."
2013 Deligne, PierrePierre Deligne Pierre Deligne  Belgium Institute for Advanced Study "For seminal contributions to algebraic geometry and for their transformative impact on number theory, representation theory, and related fields."
2014 Sinai, YakovYakov Sinai Yakov G Sinai  Russia /  United States Princeton University and Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics "For his fundamental contributions to dynamical systems, ergodic theory, and mathematical physics."
2015 Nash, Jr., John ForbesJohn Forbes Nash, Jr. John Forbes Nash Jr.  United States Princeton University "For striking and seminal contributions to the theory of nonlinear partial differential equations and its applications to geometric analysis."
Nirenberg, LouisLouis Nirenberg Louis Nirenberg  Canada /  United States Courant Institute
2016 Wiles, AndrewAndrew Wiles Andrew Wiles  United Kingdom University of Oxford "For his stunning proof of Fermat's Last Theorem by way of the modularity conjecture for semistable elliptic curves, opening a new era in number theory."
2017 Meyer, YvesYves Meyer Yves Meyer  France École normale supérieure Paris-Saclay "For his pivotal role in the development of the mathematical theory of wavelets."
2018 Langlands, RobertRobert Langlands Robert Langlands  Canada /  United States Institute for Advanced Study "For his visionary program connecting representation theory to number theory."
2019 Uhlenbeck, KarenKaren Uhlenbeck Karen Uhlenbeck  United States University of Texas at Austin "For her pioneering achievements in geometric partial differential equations, gauge theory and integrable systems, and for the fundamental impact of her work on analysis, geometry and mathematical physics."
2020 Furstenberg, HillelHillel Furstenberg Hillel (Harry) Furstenberg  Israel /  United States Hebrew University of Jerusalem "For pioneering the use of methods from probability and dynamics in group theory, number theory and combinatorics."
Margulis, GrigoryGrigory Margulis Grigory Margulis  Russia /  United States Yale University

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