Robert P. Langlands Is Awarded the Abel Prize, a Top Math Honor
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In 1967, Robert P. Langlands set out a road map to prove a “grand unified theory” that would tie together disparate areas of mathematics.
The conjectures of Dr. Langlands, now 81 and an emeritus professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., have proven fertile ground for mathematical advances in the past half-century. And although his suppositions remain far from fully proven, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announced on Tuesday that Dr. Langlands was this year’s winner of the Abel Prize, which many view as a Nobel Prize of mathematics.