John Milnor of the US gets prestigious Abel math prize

US mathematician John Milnor won the prestigious Abel mathematics prize for his work in topology, geometry and algebra, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters said Wednesday.

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Published: Wed 23 Mar 2011, 7:54 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 11:18 PM

Milnor, 80, is a renowned specialist of differential topology, a field of mathematics, and won the prestigious Fields medal in 1962 for his work on the subject.

‘All of Milnor’s work display features of great research: profound insights, vivid imagination, striking surprises and supreme beauty,’ the jury, made of five international mathematicians, said.

His ‘profound ideas and fundamental discoveries have largely shaped the mathematical landscape of the second half of the 20th century’, it added.

Last year, the prize was also attributed to a US citizen, John Tate.

He will received the prize from Norway’s King Harald at a ceremony in Oslo on May 24.

The Abel prize, worth six million kroner (750,000 euros, almost one million dollars), was created by Norway’s government in 2002 to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of the great Norwegian mathematician Niels Henrik Abel.

Since it was first attributed in 2003, it has been won by six citizens of the United States, three of France, one of Britain and one of Sweden.

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