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Canadian mathematician Robert Langlands on Tuesday won the prestigious Abel Prize for developing a programme connecting representation theory to number theory, Norway's Academy of Sciences and Letters said.
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Now aged 81, Langlands will be awarded the 6.0-million-kroner (632,00-euro, $776,000) Abel Prize by Norway's King Harald in Oslo on May 22.
Named after the 19th century Norwegian mathematician Niels Henrik Abel, the prize was established by the Norwegian government in 2002 and first awarded a year later, to honour outstanding scientific work in the field of mathematics, a discipline not included among the Nobel prizes.
Along with the Fields Medal, which is awarded every four years at the Congress of the International Mathematical Union (IMU), it is one of the world's most prestigious maths prizes.
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