Swedish mathematician awarded Norwegian Abel Prize

The mathematician Lennart Carleson from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden is awarded the Abel Prize 2006. This was announced by the Norwegian Academy today. Carleson receives the Prize for his profound and seminal contributions to harmonic analysis and the theory of smooth dynamical systems.
The Abel Committee says:
“Carleson‘s work has forever altered our view of analysis. Not only did he prove extremely hard theorems, but the methods he introduced to prove them have turned out to be as important as the theorems themselves. His unique style is characterized by geometric insight combined with amazing control of the branching complexities of the proofs.”

Carleson has solved many difficult open mathematical problems. In the Committee‘s opinion, the most impressive of these concerns Fourier series. His name is also associated with the solution of the famous corona problem. Carleson has made many essential contributions to several fields within mathematics. Carleson’s work has also been influential in the sense that other mathematicians have been able to build on the foundation he has created.

The prize of 6 million NOK is awarded by King Harald in Oslo 23rd May 2006.

Read more at the Abel Prize website.
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