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King Harald Presents Abel Prize in a celebration of mathematical excellence

King Harald of Norway has presented the prestigious Abel Prize.

The Abel Prize recognises outstanding contributions to the world of mathematics and is often called the Nobel Prize of Mathematics. The ceremony, held at the University of Oslo, brought together renowned mathematicians, academics, and dignitaries from around the globe.

Photo: Oskar Aanmoen

Professor Luis A. Cafarelli won the award this year and was the first Latin American to be granted the honour. Professor Cafarelli’s research has made it possible to understand what happens when two substances are on the brink.

The Norwegian Academy of Sciences said he was selected as the winner due to “his pioneering contribution to regularity theory for non-linear partial differential equations including free boundary value problems and the Monge–Ampère equation.”

The King presented the Abel Prize before Professor Cafarelli delivered a speech highlighting the importance of mathematics in solving real-world problems.

The ceremony also contained music and several speeches and concluded with a reception for the invited guests.

Established in 2002 by the Norwegian government, the Abel Prize honours exceptional mathematicians for their significant contributions to the field. It was named after the famous Norwegian mathematician Niels Henrik Abel. It recognises research and stresses the importance of math. Winners are also granted six million Norwegian kroner.

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written six books on historical subjects and more than 1.500 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.