Abel Prize is one of the most prestigious awards given for outstanding contributions to mathematics, often considered as the Nobel Prize of Mathematics.
Niels Henrik Abel Memorial Fund, established on 1 January 2002, awards the Abel Prize for outstanding scientific work in the field of mathematics.
The Abel prize winners get 7.5 million Norwegian kroner (about 850,000 US Dollars) and were awarded for the first time on 3 June 2003.
The last Abel Prize award was in 2023, and it was awarded to Luis Caffarelli for his key contributions to regularity theory for nonlinear partial differential equations.
List of Abel Prize Winners
Following mathematicians have received this award since 2003:
|2003||Jean Pierre Serre||Key role in shaping modern mathematics, including topology, algebraic geometry, and number theory|
|2004||Sir Michael Atiyah & Isadore Singer||Discovery and proof of the index theorem, connecting topology, geometry, analysis, and theoretical physics|
|2005||Peter D. Lax||Groundbreaking contributions to the theory and application of partial differential equations|
|2006||Lennart Carleson||Profound contributions to harmonic analysis and the theory of smooth dynamical systems|
|2007||Srinivasa S. R. Varadhan||Fundamental contributions to probability theory, creating a unified theory of large deviation|
|2008||John Griggs Thompson & Jacques Tits||Profound achievements in algebra, shaping modern group theory|
|2009||Mikhail Leonidovich Gromov||Revolutionary contributions to geometry|
|2010||John Torrence Tate||Vast and lasting impact on the theory of numbers|
|2011||John Milnor||Pioneering discoveries in topology, geometry, and algebra|
|2012||Endre Szemerédi||Fundamental contributions to discrete mathematics and theoretical computer science, impacting additive number theory and ergodic theory|
|2013||Pierre Deligne||Seminal contributions to algebraic geometry, transformative impact on number theory, representation theory, and related fields|
|2014||Yakov Sinoi||Fundamental contributions to dynamical systems, ergodic theory, and mathematical physics|
|2015||John F. Nash Jr. & Louis Nirenberg||Contributions to the theory of nonlinear partial differential equations and geometric analysis|
|2016||Andrew Wiles||Proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem, opening a new era in number theory|
|2017||Yves Meyer||Pivotal role in the development of the mathematical theory of wavelets|
|2018||Robert Langlands||Visionary program connecting representation theory to number theory|
|2019||Karen Uhlenbeck||Pioneering achievements in geometric partial differential equations, gauge theory, integrable systems, and impact on analysis, geometry, and mathematical physics|
|2020||Hillel Furstenberg & Gregory Margulis||Pioneering use of methods from probability and dynamics in group theory, number theory, and combinatorics|
|2021||László Lovász & Avi Wigderson||Foundational contributions to theoretical computer science and discrete mathematics|
|2022||Dennis Parnell Sullivan||Key contributions in developing rational homotopy theory, a subfield of algebraic topology|
|2023||Luis Caffarelli||Seminal contributions to regularity theory for nonlinear partial differential equations|
Let’s see these one by one:
Abel Prize, 2003
Jean Pierre Serre for playing a key role in shaping the modern form of many parts of mathematics, including topology, algebraic geometry and number theory.
Abel Prize, 2004
Sir Michael Atiyah & Isadore Singer 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.
Abel Prize, 2005
Peter D. Lax for his groundbreaking contributions to the theory and application of partial differential equations and to the computation of their solutions.
Abel Prize, 2006
Lennart Carleson for his profound and seminal contributions to harmonic analysis and the theory of smooth dynamical systems.
Abel Prize, 2007
Srinivasa S. R. Varadhan for his fundamental contributions to probability theory and in particular for creating a unified theory of large deviation.
Note: First Indian to win Abel Prize.
Abel Prize, 2008
John Griggs Thompson & Jacques Tits for their profound achievements in algebra and in particular for shaping modern group theory.
Abel Prize, 2009
Mikhail Leonidovich Gromov for his revolutionary contributions to geometry.
Abel Prize, 2010
John Torrence Tate for his vast and lasting impact on the theory of numbers.
Abel Prize, 2011
John Milnor for pioneering discoveries in topology, geometry, and algebra.
Abel Prize, 2012
Endre Szemerédi 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.
Abel Prize, 2013
Pierre Deligne for seminal contributions to algebraic geometry and for his transformative impact on number theory, representation theory, and related fields.
Abel Prize, 2014
Yakov Sinoi for his fundamental contributions to dynamical systems, ergodic theory, and mathematical physics.
Abel Prize, 2015
John F. Nash Jr. and Louis Nirenberg for striking and seminal contributions to the theory of nonlinear partial differential equations and its applications to geometric analysis.
Abel Prize, 2016
Andrew Wiles 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.
Abel Prize, 2017
Yves Meyer for his pivotal role in the development of the mathematical theory of wavelets.
Abel Prize, 2018
Robert Langlands for his visionary program connecting representation theory to number theory.
Abel Prize, 2019
Karen Uhlenbeck 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.
Note: First female Abel Prize winner.
Abel Prize, 2020
Hillel Furstenberg and Gregory Margulis for pioneering the use of methods from probability and dynamics in group theory, number theory and combinatorics.
Abel Prize, 2021
László Lovász and Avi Wigderson for their foundational contributions to theoretical computer science and discrete mathematics, and their leading role in shaping them into central fields of modern mathematics.
Abel Prize, 2022
Dennis Parnell Sullivan for his key contributions in developing a new way of understanding rational homotopy theory, a subfield of algebraic topology.
Abel Prize, 2023
Luis Caffarelli for seminal contributions to regularity theory for nonlinear partial differential equations.