20 March 2018

Abel Prize for 2018 goes to Humboldtian

Robert P. Langlands to receive one of the most important research awards for mathematics

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation congratulates its Humboldt Research Award winner Robert P. Langlands on being awarded the 2018 Abel Prize which is worth some €620,000. Norway's King Harald will present the award to Langlands in Oslo on 22 May. Langlands is being honoured "for his visionary programme connecting representation theory to number theory" according to the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters which awards the prize.

Robert P. Langlands has taught and conducted research at Princeton University, Yale and the University of California in Berkeley. He is currently professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, USA. He has won numerous research awards, including the Wolf Prize in Mathematics in 1996, which, alongside the Abel Prize, is one of the most important scientific awards in the field of mathematics. Langlands is also a member of the Royal Society in London and the American Mathematical Society.

He received the Humboldt Research Award back in 1982 for his previous fundamental discoveries and subsequently spent several stays in Germany conducting research with his colleague Michael Rapoport who at that time was still professor at Heidelberg University. Langlands also later served as a Humboldt host for German research fellows in the USA.

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