Norway’s King Harald is to present this year’s Abel Prize tomorrow to American mathematician John Willard Milnor.
Professor Milnor was awarded the cash prize of 6 million kroner for his “pioneering discoveries in topology, geometry, and algebra”, according to the committee. His foundational discoveries and perceptive ideas have been instrumental in shaping the latter part of the 20th Century’s mathematical landscape.
Attached to the Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Stony Brook University, New York, Professor Milnor has won numerous awards and honours. These include two Steele Prizes from the American Mathematical Society in 1982 and 2004 for Seminal Contribution to Research and Mathematical Exposition, respectively.
He has been a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences since 1994, and became a member of the European Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters seven years ago.
The [Nils Henrik] Abel Prize, first given in 2003, is awarded by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Laureates are chosen based on recommendations from five internationally recognized mathematicians who comprise the committee.
Professor Milnor will receive his prize in Oslo’s Gamle Logen tomorrow at 14:00. Representing the government will be Minister of Research and Higher Education Tora Aaasland.
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