The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has decided
to award the Abel Prize for 2014 to Yakov G. Sinai (78) of Princeton
University, USA, and the Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, Russian
Academy of Sciences,”for his fundamental contributions to dynamical systems,
ergodic theory, and mathematical physics”. The President of the Norwegian
Academy of Science and Letters, Nils Chr. Stenseth, announced the winner of
the 2014 Abel Prize at the Academy in Oslo today, 26 March. Yakov G. Sinai
will receive the Abel Prize from His Royal Highness The Crown Prince at an
award ceremony in Oslo.
The Abel Prize recognizes contributions of extraordinary
depth and influence to the mathematical sciences and has been awarded
annually since 2003. It carries a cash award of NOK 6,000,000 (about EUR
750,000 or USD 1 million).
Yakov Sinai is one of the most influential mathematicians
of the twentieth century. He has achieved numerous groundbreaking results in
the theory of dynamical systems, in mathematical physics and in probability
theory. Many mathematical results are named after him, including Kolmogorov–Sinai
entropy, Sinai’s billiards, Sinai’s random walk, Sinai-Ruelle-Bowen
measures, and Pirogov-Sinai theory.