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 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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