Niels Henrik Abel and Srinivasa Ramanujan were born 85 years apart, Abel in Norway in 1802 in Norway and Ramanujan in India in 1887. Two international mathematical prizes have been established in their names, the Abel Prize and the Ramanujan Prize for Young Mathematicians from Developing Countries. On the 23rd of February the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in Mumbai, India, will host an Abel symposium with all the Abel committee members as speakers. The event will start with the Ramanujan Prize being presented to Professor Philibert Nang (44) from Gabon followed by his prize lecture.
Professor Dipendra Prasad, Dean, School of Mathematics, TIFR, and President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Professor Nils Christian Stenseth, will give the opening speeches. In 2012 two mathematical jubilees will be celebrated. On 22 December it is 125 years since Srinivasa Ramanujan was born. The Ramanujan Mathematical Society has planned a series of mathematical activities throughout the year to celebrate. The 10th anniversary of the Abel Prize will be celebrated in connection with the award ceremony in Oslo, Norway, in May. The double jubilee will be marked at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.
Professor Philibert Nang (44), École Normale Supérieure, Laboratoire de Recherche en Mathématiques, Libreville, Gabon, receives the Ramanujan Prize in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the algebraic theory of D-modules. The Prize is also in recognition of Dr. Nang's determined pursuit of high level research while engaged in an academic career in his home country of Gabon, Africa. It is hoped that his example will inspire other young African mathematicians working at the highest levels while based in Africa.
The Ramanujan Prize is awarded jointly by the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, the Niels Henrik Abel Memorial Fund, and the International Mathematical Union. The Ramanujan Prize carries a $15,000 cash award. The Prize is awarded annually to a researcher from a developing country less than 45 years of age.
Professor M. S. Raghunathan has invited his fellow Abel Committee members to give lectures at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research ahead of the final committee meeting in Mumbai. The lectures will be given in this order:
Noga Alon, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Ragni Piene, University of Oslo, Norway (Chair)
David Donoho, Stanford University, USA
Terence Tao, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA
Terence Tao, who recently was awarded the Crafoord Prize in Mathematics by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, will give a public lecture as the last part of the Abel symposium. The symposium is jointly organized by the School of Mathematics and the Centre for Theoretical Studies, both departments of TIFR.
H.E. Ms. Ann Ollestad, Ambassador of Norway to India, will host a reception for specially invited guests at Hotel Trident Nariman Point in Mumbai after the Abel symposium.
The President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Nils Christian Stenseth, will announce the winner of the 2012 Abel Prize on the 21st of March. The Abel Laureate will receive the Prize at an award ceremony in Oslo, Norway, on the 22nd of May.