Uhlenbeck became the first woman to be awarded this prestigious award.
The Abel prize, one of the most prestigious awards in mathematics, this year was awarded an American Professor Karen Uhlenbeck from the University of Texas at Austin.
Uhlenbeck received the award for his work on the study of minimal surfaces. Illustration of the problem minimal surfaces are soap bubbles, which have a minimum surface area for a given volume, – UNIAN reports.
In a statement, the prize Committee says that the prize is awarded for achievements in the field of geometric partial differential equations, gauge theory and integrable systems. The decision of the Academy notes the influence of works 76-year-old Ulenbek on analysis, geometry and mathematical physics.
The Abel prize was established by the government of Norway in 2002 after the Norwegian mathematician Niels Henrik Abel and, since 2003, is awarded annually to outstanding mathematicians. The winner of the award this year is receiving about 700 thousand dollars. The Chairman of the Committee Belevskoe Hans Munthe-Kaas stressed that work Ulenbek had a significant impact on analysis, geometry and mathematical physics, her works have changed the views of scientists in some problems of mathematics.
“Her theory has revolutionized our understanding of the problem minimal surfaces”, – said the head of the Committee. According to experts, work Ulenbek interesting because they gave physicists the key to the study of a number of issues – such as the behavior of subatomic particles and the theory of the unification of electromagnetism. Last year the Abel prize was awarded to Professor of the Institute for policy studies American Princeton, Robert Langlands for the program, combining theory presentation with the theory of numbers.