Definition:Wolf Prize

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The Wolf Prize is presented by the Wolf Foundation in Israel.

It awards $5$ or $6$ annual prizes across a number of scientific disciplines, including mathematics.

The recipients of the Wolf Prize in Mathematics have been as follows:

Year Recipient(s) Citation
1978 Israel Moiseevich Gelfand For his work in functional analysis, group representation, and for his seminal contributions to many areas of mathematics and its applications.
Carl Ludwig Siegel For his contributions to the theory of numbers, theory of several complex variables, and celestial mechanics.
1979 Jean Leray For pioneering work on the development and application of topological methods to the study of differential equations.
André Abraham Weil For his inspired introduction of algebraic-geometric methods to the theory of numbers.
1980 Henri Paul Cartan For pioneering work in algebraic topology, complex variables, homological algebra and inspired leadership of a generation of mathematicians.
Andrey Nikolaevich Kolmogorov For deep and original discoveries in Fourier analysis, probability theory, ergodic theory and dynamical systems.
1981 Lars Valerian Ahlfors For seminal discoveries and the creation of powerful new methods in geometric function theory.
Oscar Zariski Creator of the modern approach to algebraic geometry, by its fusion with commutative algebra.
1982 Hassler Whitney For his fundamental work in algebraic topology, differential geometry and differential topology.
Mark Grigorievich Krein For his fundamental contributions to functional analysis and its applications.
1983/84 Shiing-Shen Chern For outstanding contributions to global differential geometry, which have profoundly influenced all mathematics.
Paul Erdős For his numerous contributions to number theory, combinatorics, probability, set theory and mathematical analysis, and for personally stimulating mathematicians the world over.
1984/85 Kunihiko Kodaira For his outstanding contributions to the study of complex manifolds and algebraic varieties.
Hans Lewy For initiating many, now classic and essential, developments in partial differential equations.
1986 Samuel Eilenberg For his fundamental work in algebraic topology and homological algebra.
Atle Selberg For his profound and original work on number theory and on discrete groups and automorphic forms.
1987 Kiyoshi Itō For his fundamental contributions to pure and applied probability theory, especially the creation of the stochastic differential and integral calculus.
Peter David Lax For his outstanding contributions to many areas of analysis and applied mathematics.
1988 Friedrich Ernst Peter Hirzebruch For outstanding work combining topology, algebraic geometry and differential geometry, and algebraic number theory; and for his stimulation of mathematical cooperation and research.
Lars Valter Hörmander For fundamental work in modern analysis, in particular, the application of pseudo-differential operators and Fourier integral operators to linear partial differential equations.
1989 Alberto Pedro Calderón For his groundbreaking work on singular integral operators and their application to important problems in partial differential equations.
John Willard Milnor For ingenious and highly original discoveries in geometry, which have opened important new vistas in topology from the algebraic, combinatorial, and differentiable viewpoint.
1990 Ennio de Giorgi For his innovating ideas and fundamental achievements in partial differential equations and calculus of variations.
Ilya Piatetski-Shapiro For his fundamental contributions in the fields of homogeneous complex domains, discrete groups, representation theory and automorphic forms.
1991 No award
1992 Lennart Axel Edvard Carleson For his fundamental contributions to Fourier analysis, complex analysis, quasi-conformal mappings and dynamical systems.
John Griggs Thompson For his profound contributions to all aspects of finite group theory and connections with other branches of mathematics.
1993 Mikhail Leonidovich Gromov For his revolutionary contributions to global Riemannian and symplectic geometry, algebraic topology, geometric group theory and the theory of partial differential equations.
Jacques Tits For his pioneering and fundamental contributions to the theory of the structure of algebraic and other classes of groups and in particular for the theory of buildings.
1994/95 Jürgen Kurt Moser For his fundamental work on stability in Hamiltonian mechanics and his profound and influential contributions to nonlinear differential equations.
1995/96 Robert Phelan Langlands For his path-blazing work and extraordinary insight in the fields of number theory, automorphic forms and group representation.
Andrew John Wiles For spectacular contributions to number theory and related fields, major advances on fundamental conjectures, and for settling Fermat's Last Theorem.
1996/97 Joseph Bishop Keller For his profound and innovative contributions, in particular to electromagnetic, optical, and acoustic wave propagation and to fluid, solid, quantum and statistical mechanics.
Yakov Grigorevich Sinai For his fundamental contributions to mathematically rigorous methods in statistical mechanics and the ergodic theory of dynamical systems and their applications in physics.
1998 No award
1999 László Lovász For his outstanding contributions to combinatorics, theoretical computer science and combinatorial optimization.
Elias Menachem Stein For his contributions to classical and Euclidean Fourier analysis and for his exceptional impact on a new generation of analysts through his eloquent teaching and writing.
2000 Raoul Bott For his deep discoveries in topology and differential geometry and their applications to Lie groups, differential operators and mathematical physics.
Jean-Pierre Serre For his many fundamental contributions to topology, algebraic geometry, algebra, and number theory and for his inspirational lectures and writing.
2001 Vladimir Igorevich Arnold For his deep and influential work in a multitude of areas of mathematics, including dynamical systems, differential equations, and singularity theory.
Saharon Shelah For his many fundamental contributions to mathematical logic and set theory, and their applications within other parts of mathematics.
2002/03 Mikio Sato For his creation of algebraic analysis, including hyperfunction theory and microfunction theory, holonomic quantum field theory, and a unified theory of soliton equations.
John Torrence Tate For his creation of fundamental concepts in algebraic number theory.
2004 No award
2005 Grigory Aleksandrovich Margulis For his monumental contributions to algebra, in particular to the theory of lattices in semi-simple Lie groups, and striking applications of this to ergodic theory, representation theory, number theory, combinatorics, and measure theory.
Sergei Petrovich Novikov For his fundamental and pioneering contributions to algebraic and differential topology, and to mathematical physics, notably the introduction of algebraic-geometric methods.
2006/07 Stephen Smale For his groundbreaking contributions that have played a fundamental role in shaping differential topology, dynamical systems, mathematical economics, and other subjects in mathematics.
Hillel Furstenberg For his profound contributions to ergodic theory, probability, topological dynamics, analysis on symmetric spaces and homogeneous flows.
2008 Pierre René Deligne For his work on mixed Hodge theory; the Weil conjectures; the Riemann-Hilbert correspondence; and for his contributions to arithmetic.
Phillip Augustus Griffiths For his work on variations of Hodge structures; the theory of periods of abelian integrals; and for his contributions to complex differential geometry.
David Bryant Mumford For his work on algebraic surfaces; on geometric invariant theory; and for laying the foundations of the modern algebraic theory of moduli of curves and theta functions.
2009 No award
2010 Shing-Tung Yau For his work in geometric analysis that has had a profound and dramatic impact on many areas of geometry and physics.
Dennis Parnell Sullivan For his innovative contributions to algebraic topology and conformal dynamics.
2011 No award
2012 Michael George Aschbacher For his work on the theory of finite groups.
Luis Angel Caffarelli For his work on partial differential equations.
2013 George Daniel Mostow For his fundamental and pioneering contribution to geometry and Lie group theory.
Michael Artin For his fundamental contributions to algebraic geometry, both in commutative and noncommutative.
2014 Peter Clive Sarnak For his deep contributions in analysis, number theory, geometry, and combinatorics.
2015 James Greig Arthur For his monumental work on the trace formula and his fundamental contributions to the theory of automorphic representations of reductive groups.
2016 No award
2017 Richard Melvin Schoen For his contributions to geometric analysis and the understanding of the interconnectedness of partial differential equations and differential geometry.
Charles Louis Fefferman For his contributions in a number of mathematical areas including complex multivariate analysis, partial differential equations and sub-elliptical problems.
2018 Alexander A. Beilinson For their work that has made significant progress at the interface of geometry and mathematical physics.
Vladimir Gershonovich Drinfeld
2019 Jean-Francois Le Gall For his several deep and elegant contributions to the theory of stochastic processes.
Gregory Francis Lawler For his comprehensive and pioneering research on erased loops and random walks.
2020 Simon Kirwan Donaldson For their contributions to differential geometry and topology.
Yakov Eliashberg
2021 No award
2022 George Lusztig For groundbreaking contributions to representation theory and related areas.