Belgian-born Pierre Deligne has won this year's $1-million Abel Prize in mathematics for his contributions to algebraic geometry and their "transformative impact on number theory, representation theory and related fields."
The Norwegian mathematics award committee says the 68-year-old professor of mathematics has excelled in finding connections between various fields of mathematics, leading to several important discoveries.
Deligne is professor emeritus at the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. He arrived in Princeton from the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques at Bures-sur-Yvette near Paris, where he was appointed its youngest ever permanent member in 1970.
Deligne, who has several mathematical concepts named after him, has written some 100 papers on mathematics. He is an honorary member of the Moscow Mathematical Society and the London Mathematical Society.
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