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!!Abel Prize 2016 to Sir Andrew J. Wiles

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided to award the Abel Prize for 2016 to __[Sir Andrew J. Wiles|User/Wiles_Andrew]__, University of Oxford, „''for his stunning proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem by way of the modularity conjecture for semistable elliptic curves, opening a new era in number theory.''"
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The President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Ole M. Sejersted, announced the winner of the 2016 Abel Prize at the Academy in Oslo on 15 March. Andrew J. Wiles will receive the Abel Prize from H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon at an award ceremony in Oslo on 24 May.
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Andrew J. Wiles is one of very few mathematicians – if not the only one –
whose proof of a theorem has made international headline news. In 1994 he
cracked Fermat’s Last Theorem, which at the time was the most famous, and
long-running, unsolved problem in the subject’s history.
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Wiles’ proof was not only the high point of his career – and an epochal
moment for mathematics – but also the culmination of a remarkable personal
journey that began three decades earlier. In 1963, when he was a ten-year-old
boy growing up in Cambridge, England, Wiles found a copy of a book on
Fermat’s Last Theorem in his local library. Wiles recalls that he was
intrigued by the problem that he as a young boy could understand, and yet it
had remained unsolved for three hundred years. “I knew from that moment that
I would never let it go,” he said. “I had to solve it.”
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The Abel Committee says: “Few results have as rich a mathematical history and
as dramatic a proof as Fermat’s Last Theorem.”
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!!Academia Europaea congratulates Sir Andrew J. Wiles to this outstanding distinction!
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