- Belgian mathematician Pierre Deligne, who is regarded as one of the most celebrated mathematicians of the 20th century, has been chosen for this year’s prestigious Abel Prize in Mathematics.
- The prize, which was given for the first time in 2003, recognises contributions of extraordinary depth and influence in mathematical sciences.
- The Abel Prize is considered equivalent to the Nobel Prize, which is not awarded in the field of mathematics. It carries a cash award of 6 million Norwegian krone (about €800,000 or $1 million).
- In awarding the prize to Professor Deligne, the committee noted: “Deligne’s powerful concepts, ideas, results and methods continue to influence the development of algebraic geometry as well as mathematics as a whole.”
- In particular, his proofs (he gave two proofs!) of the Weil conjecture (and Ramanujan’s conjecture on the tau function as a consequence) stand out both for the beauty and insight that these proofs provided into the links between arithmetic and geometry.