- Mathematician and professor, Karen Uhlenbeck, is the first woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize in maths
- Uhlenbeck was awarded the Abel Prize, an award given by the King of Norway to honor mathematicians who have influence
- The honour comes with a cash prize of about N253 million
Karen Uhlenbeck, a mathematician and a professor at the University of Texas, emerged as the first woman in the world to win a Nobel prize in mathematics.
The Abel Prize, modeled by the Nobel Prize and awarded by the King of Norway to honor mathematicians who have made impact in their field, began in 2003 and since inception has only been awarded to men.
However, Uhlenbeck who is known for "the fundamental impact of her work on analysis, geometry and mathematical physics" changed that. The award comes with a cash prize of about N253 million and a recognition as a giant in the world of mathematics.
Uhlenbeck is renowned for her work in geometric partial differential equations as well as integrable systems and gauge theory, Gucmakale reports.
It was gathered that one of her most famous contributions were on pioneering the field of geometric analysis in which she created theories of predictive mathematics.
The minister was recognised for how he initiated a reconciliation process between his country and its long time enemy, Eritrea.
According to the prize's committee, it gave the award to Ahmed to encourage its peace-making effort even though there are still many things to be done.
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