Published On : Thu, Mar 17th, 2016

British mathematician Sir Andrew Wiles solves 300-year-old mystery: wins Abel prize

British Mathematician
New Delhi/Nagpur:
British mathematician and a research professor at the University of Oxford Sir Andrew Wiles, has won the prestigious Abel prize for his contributions to mathematical sciences.

As per the Hindustan Times report, the Sir Andrew Wiles was awarded the top most prize in mathematics for solving the 300-year-old mystery neighbouring Fermet’s Last Theorem that was formulated by French mathematician Pierre de Fermat in 1637.

This British mathematician will receive the prize worth £500,000 (Rs 4.7 crore) from Crown Prince Haakon of Norway at a ceremony in Oslo in May, as reported.

Andrew Wiles reportedly said that, “it is a tremendous honour to receive the Abel Prize and to join the previous Laureates who have made such outstanding contributions to the field. Fermat’s equation was his passion from an early age, and solving it gave him an overwhelming sense of fulfillment”.

”It has always been my hope that my solution of this age-old problem would inspire many young people to take up mathematics and to work on the many challenges of this beautiful and fascinating subject”, he added.