First woman to win the Abel Prize

Karen Uhlenbeck
Karen Uhlenbeck (Photo: Marsha Miller)

Karen Uhlenbeck, an US mathematician becomes the first woman who wins the Abel Prize for her fundamental work in geometric analysis and gauge theory, which has dramatically changed the mathematical landscape

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize in
Mathematics for 2019 to Karen Keskulla Uhlenbeck of the University of Texas at Austin, USA “for her pioneering achievements in geometric partial differential equations, gauge theory and integrable systems, and for the fundamental impact of her work on analysis, geometry and mathematical physics.”

Uhlenbeck is a mathematician, but she is also a role model and a strong advocate for gender equality in science and mathematics.

About the Abel Prize:

Niels Henrik Abel (1802 – 1829) was a Norwegian mathematician. In spite of his short life, he made significant contributions to a variety of mathematical fields.

The Abel Prize recognizes contributions to the field of mathematics that are of extraordinary depth and influence. It is presented annually in Oslo by His Majesty King Harald V, and is administered by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters on behalf of the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research.

The Abel Prize was established in 2002 on the 200th anniversary of Niels Henrik Abel’s birth, and it has been awarded to 19 laureates.

Read the Press Release here.