aNewDomain — Mathematics whiz and wavelets pioneer Yves Meyer has won the prestigious 2017 Abel Prize, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters president Ole Sejersted said today.
Meyer’s pioneering and visionary role in wavelet theory and analysis is what won him the honor, he added.
Norwegian King Harald V will bestow the honor on Meyer in Oslo in May.
In addition to all that math glory, Meyer will also take home a cash prize of one million NOK — the equivalent of about $715,000,000 U.S.
Watch the live stream of Sejersted’s remarks below the fold. You also can listen in as Segersted calls Meyer in France to notify him of his Abel win.
Meyer, of École Normale Supérieure in Paris-Saclay, France, is the closest thing applied and computational mathematics has to a rock star right now.
His pioneering work in wavelet analysis is a big deal. It underlies some of the hottest mathematical, computational and scientific developments going, including next gen data compression, noise reduction, medical imaging, Hubble space telescope imaging, advanced archiving and, of course, the recent LIGO detection of gravitational waves during a double black hole collision.
Wavelets theory touches not just math, but also information tech and computer science,
First awarded in 2003, the Abel Prize recognizes deep innovation in the field of mathematics.
Check out the live stream recording from Norway, below.
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Note: To bone up on wavelet theory, check out this book, readable at IntechOpen. It’s called Advances in Wavelet Theory and Their Applications in Engineering, Physics and Technology. Enjoy!