Abel Prize laureate of 2018

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Not all of us will grasp the correlation between number theory and harmonic analysis – but the mathematician Robert P. Langlands certainly did, and he did it in 1967! Now he gets word class recognition, as the Norwegian Abel Prize for 2018 has just been announced. The Canadian 2018 laureate will receive the prize from King Harald V of Norway in May.

Mr. Langlands’ work dates back to 1967, when he outlined some of his mathematical insights in a letter to the renowned mathematician André Weil. His insights introduced a theory that created a completely new way of thinking about mathematics – namely the correlation between number theory and harmonic analysis. These areas had previously been seen as unrelated, and Mr. Langlands’ revolutionary findings led to a project that has enlisted hundreds of the best mathematicians in the world. There is no program in modern mathematics that has had so many people working on it and produced so many deep results as the Langlands Program. The program is therefore often described as a grand unified theory of mathematics.

Mr. Langlands was born in in 1936 in British Columbia, Canada, and is currently a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. He will receive the Abel Prize from King Harald V of Norway at an award ceremony in Oslo on 22 May.

The Abel Prize is an international award given for outstanding scientific work in the field of mathematics. It is named after the Norwegian mathematician Niels Henrik Abel (1802-1829), and has been administered by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters since 2003.

The Norwegian Embassy in New Delhi congratulate Robert P. Langlands on his achievements.