Avi Wigderson and László Lovász Awarded the 2021 Abel Prize
Two pioneers in the theory of computation have been awarded the 2021 Abel Prize, one of the most prestigious honors in mathematics. Computer scientist Avi Wigderson and mathematician László Lovász will share the 7.5 million Norwegian kroner ($886,000 USD) prize, “for their foundational contributions to theoretical computer science and discrete mathematics, and their leading role in shaping them into central fields of modern mathematics,” the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announced on March 17. Wigderson, a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton, has participated as a speaker in IPAM’s 2014 workshop, Finding Algebraic Structures in Extremal Combinatorial Configurations. He was also a core participant of the 2014 long program Algebraic Techniques for Combinatorial and Computational Geometry and the featured speaker for IPAM’s Green Family Lecture Series’ “Randomness and Pseudorandomness” and “Permanent & Determinant: Non-identical Twins.”
Congratulations to Avi Wigderson and László Lovász on this great achievement!