On March 20, 2013, the Norwegian Academy of Sciences announced that Pierre Deligne was awarded the 2013 Abel Prize. He will receive the award at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway, on May 21, 2013. The prize carries a monetary award of approximately one million U.S. dollars.
Deligne received the award "for seminal contributions to algebraic geometry and for their transformative impact on number theory, and related fields."
Deligne is currently a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. He has won numerous awards over the course of his career, including the Wolf Prize (2008), the Balzan Prize in Mathematics (2004), the Crafoord Prize (1988), and the Fields Medal (1978).
According to the Abel committee, his "powerful concepts, ideas, results, and methods continue to influence the development of algebraic geometry, as well as mathematics as a whole."