美法两数学家Thompson和Tits教授荣获2008年度阿贝尔奖

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挪威科学与文学院（The Norwegian Academy
of Science and Letters）2008年3月27日宣布，将2008年度阿贝尔奖授予美国数学家John Griggs Thompson教授和法国数学家Jacques
Tits，他们将分享奖金6,000,000 克郎（约1.200,000美元) 。挪威国王将于

**Thompson and Tits
share the Abel Prize for 2008**

Thompson (left, © University of

The Norwegian Academy of
Science and Letters has decided
to award the Abel Prize for 2008 to John Griggs Thompson,

John Griggs Thompson and Jacques
Tits are awarded the Abel Prize for their contributions to what is
known as group theory. Group theory is the “science of symmetries”, where one
tries to understand the relation between reflections and rotations of a
icosahedron, to reveal the secrets of Rubik’s cube or to control the symmetries
among the solutions of the fifth degree equation, as done by Niels
Henrik Abel.

Thompson and Tits
have invented important new concepts and proved fundamental results in this
field, and their names now appear prominently in the history of group theory.

Thompson revolutionised the theory of finite groups by proving extraordinarily
deep theorems that laid the foundation for the complete classification of
finite simple groups. Tits
created a new and highly influential vision of groups as geometric objects.

The Abel committee says: “The
achievements of John Thompson and
of Jacques
Tits are of extraordinary depth and influence. They complement each
other and together form the backbone of modern group theory.”

"The work of Thompson and Tits
is one of the outstanding accomplishments of modern mathematics. The American
Mathematical Society extends its warm congratulations to them on their award of
the 2008 Abel Prize. --- James Glimm, President of the AMS

The Niels Henrik Abel Memorial Fund was
established in 2002, to award the Abel Prize for outstanding scientific work in
the field of mathematics. The prize amount is 6 million NOK (about UD$ 1.2
mill, EURO 750.000) and it was awarded for the first time in 2003.

The prize is awarded by the

The Abel Prize will be presented by His
Majesty King Harald at the Abel Prize Award Ceremony in

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