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Karen Uhlenbeck Wins Abel Prize

Photo by Andrea Kane/Institute for Advanced Study

The Simons Center for Geometry and Physics is thrilled to congratulate Karen Uhlenbeck for having been awarded the 2019 Abel Prize. The prize, created by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, recognizes contributions to the field of mathematics that are of extraordinary depth and influence, and is generally viewed as the mathematics equivalent of a Nobel Prize. Uhlenbeck holds the distinction of the first woman to receive the Abel Prize since its inception in 2003. A founder of modern Geometric Analysis, she is recognized “for her pioneering achievements in geometric partial differential equations, gauge theory and integrable systems, and for the fundamental impact of her work on analysis, geometry and mathematical physics.”

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Simon Donaldson, Permanent Member of the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, presents a survey of Uhlenbeck’s work on the Calculus of Variations for the American Mathematical Society: