Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters）
The Abel Prize
awarded to John Milnor,
John Milnor will receive the Abel Prize from His Majesty
King Harald at an award ceremony in
John Milnor’s profound ideas and fundamental discoveries
have largely shaped the mathematical landscape of the second half of the 20th
century. All of Milnor’s work display features of great research: profound
insights, vivid imagination, striking surprises and supreme beauty. He receives
the 2011 Abel Prize “for pioneering discoveries in topology, geometry and
algebra,” to quote the Abel committee.
In the course of 60 years, John Milnor has made a deep mark
on modern mathematics. Numerous mathematical concepts, results and conjectures
are named after him. In the literature we find Milnor exotic spheres, Milnor fibration, Milnor number and many more.
Yet the significance of Milnor’s work goes far beyond his
own spectacular results. He has also written tremendously influential books,
which are widely considered to be models of fine mathematical writing.
John Milnor has received many awards and honours.
He received the Fields Medal in 1962 for his work in differential topology when
he was only 31. Recently he was awarded the 2011 Leroy P. Steele Prize for
Lifetime Achievement by the American Mathematical Society. Milnor has
previously won two other Steele Prizes from the AMS: for Mathematical
Exposition (2004) and for Seminal Contribution to Research (1982). In 1989
Milnor received the Wolf Prize in Mathematics.
John Milnor received the US National Medal of Science in
1967. He was elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1963.
Since 1994, he has been a foreign member of the
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 Abel Prize was
awarded for the first time in 2003.
The prize is awarded by the