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Norway’s Abel Prize to Yves Meyer. The Norwegian Academy for Science and Letters awards the French mathematician the Prize for his work on wavelets. Wavelet theory is one that links maths, information technology and computer science. British science writer Philip Ball explains in Prospect Magazine that wavelet theory began with the work of scientists including physics Nobel laureates Eugene Wigner and Dennis Gabor, geophysicist Jean Morlet, theoretical physicist Alex Grossmann, and mathematician Jan-Olov Strömberg.

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Norway’s Abel Prize to Yves Meyer

Published on Wednesday, 22nd March, 2017 at 13:18 under the news category, by Charlotte Bryan and Michael Sandelson   .

The Norwegian Academy for Science and Letters awards the French mathematician the Prize for his work on wavelets.

Yves Meyer
The Abel Prize Laureate 2017 Yves Meyer.Yves Meyer
Photo: B. Eymann/Académie des sciences


Wavelet theory is one that links maths, information technology and computer science.

British science writer Philip Ball explains in Prospect Magazine that wavelet theory began with the work of scientists including physics Nobel laureates Eugene Wigner and Dennis Gabor, geophysicist Jean Morlet, theoretical physicist Alex Grossmann, and mathematician Jan-Olov Strömberg.

Wavelet analysis can be found in many technologies such as computational harmonic analysis, data compression, noise reduction, medical imaging, digital cinema, deconvolution of Hubble space telescope images and LIGO detection of gravitational waves created by colliding two black holes.

In a statement, the Abel Committee says they awarded 77-year-old Yves Meyer (b.1939), Professor Emeritus at L’École Normale Supérieure de Cachan, France, for his “pivotal role” in developing the mathematical theory of wavelets.

Meyer has been a member of the French Académie des Sciences since 1993. He then became an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences the following year. In 2014, he became a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences.

He has also been a professor in other prestigious institutions such as Université Paris-Sud (1966-1980), the École Polytechnique (1980-1986) and the Université Paris-Dauphine (1986-1995).

“Meyer’s work has a relevance extending from theoretical areas of mathematics to the development of practical tools in computer and information science. As such it is a perfect example of the claim that work in pure mathematics often turns out to have important and useful real­world applications,” remarks the Abel Committee.

Established in 2002 by the Norwegian government, the Abel Prize signified the 200th anniversary of Niels Henrik Abel’s birth. It carries a cash award of NOK 6 million (some USD 707,000 / EUR 655,000 / GBP 568,000 at todays ROE)

Niels Henrik Abel (b.1802) was a young mathematician who died at the age of 26. He was the first to prove the general bionomial theorem founded by Newton and Euler.

Yves Meyer, has also previously been awarded with the Salem (1970) and Gauss (2010) prizes for his contributions to the field of mathematics.

He will receive the Abel Prize from Norway’s King Harald V in Oslo on 23rd May at the award ceremony.



Published on Wednesday, 22nd March, 2017 at 13:18 under the news category, by Charlotte Bryan and Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: mathematics, prize, award, scientists.





  
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