H.M. King Harald presented the Abel Prize to Yves Meyer of the École normale supérieure Paris-Saclay, France at an award ceremony in Oslo on 23 May. He receives the prize for his pivotal role in the development of the mathematical theory of wavelets, says John Rognes, chair of the Abel committee. Among the prominent guests attending the award ceremony was the French ambassador to Norway, Jean-François Dobelle and the Norwegian Minister of Education and Research, Torbjørn Røe Isaksen.
Yves Meyer received the Abel Prize from H.M. King Harald. Photo: Thomas Brun/NTB
Yves Meyer was the visionary leader in the modern development of wavelet theory, at the intersection of mathematics, information technology and computational science. Wavelet analysis has been applied in a wide variety of arenas as diverse as applied and computational harmonic analysis, data compression, noise reduction, medical imaging, archiving, digital cinema, deconvolution of the Hubble space telescope images, and the recent LIGO detection of gravitational waves created by the collision of two black holes.
As a prelude to the award ceremony the audience was invited on a journey into the history of the Abel Prize presented in pictures and words. The President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters gave the opening speech. Then the chair of the Abel Committee John Rognes gave the reasons for the awarding of the prize.
Yves Meyer giving his acceptance speech in the University Aula in Oslo. Photo: Thomas Brun/NTB
Film about the laureate
The Berlin-based filmmaker and mathematician Ekaterina Eremenko visited Yves Meyer a the École normale supérieure Paris-Saclay where he has had a lifelong attachment. Meyer says in the film that he is very pleased that his mathematical theory of wavelets could be used in the detection of gravitational waves. The film that was shown as part of the award ceremony also includes a visit the French Academy, L'Académie des sciences, where Meyer is a member.
Watch the movie here
Before the award ceremony the Abel Laureate was received in audience at the Royal Palace.
The Abel Banquet at Akershus Castle, hosted by Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, Minister of Education and Research, ended the program for the day.
The Abel lectures 2017
Yves Meyer gave his prize lecture at the University of Oslo on 24 May, followed by Abel lectures by Stéphane Mallat, Ingrid Daubechies and Emmanuel Jean Candès. A great many mathematicians from many countries attended the Abel lectures, including the President of the International Mathematical Union (IMU) Shigefumi Mori and Pavel Exner, President of the European Mathematical Society (EMS).
Meyer has inspired a generation of mathematicians who has gone on to make important contributions in their own right. One of these, Meyer's former student Stéphane Mallat, calls him a "visionary" whose work can't be labeled either pure or applied mathematics, nor computer science either, but simply "amazing".