In a first of its kind, the world’s most prestigious maths prize, the Abel Prize, is bagged by 76-year old Karen Uhlenbeck. A visiting senior research scholar at Princeton University, Ms Karen was awarded for her work on partial differential equations making her the first woman to win the award, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters said.
“Karen Uhlenbeck receives the Abel Prize 2019 for her fundamental work in geometric analysis and gauge theory, which has dramatically changed the mathematical landscape,” said Abel Committee chairman Hans Munthe-Kaas.
“Her theories have revolutionised our understanding of minimal surfaces, such as those formed by soap bubbles, and more general minimisation problems in higher dimensions,” he said.
Ms. Uhlenbeck is a visiting senior research scholar at Princeton University, as well as visiting associate at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), both in the U.S.
She developed tools and methods in global analysis, which are now in the toolbox of every geometer and analyst.
Interestingly, she is also a role model and a strong advocate for gender equality in science and mathematics.
The Abel prize which comes with a cheque of $7,03,000 is originally named after the 19th century Norwegian mathematician Niels Henrik Abel. It stands as the world’s most prestigious maths prizes.