The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has named Yves Meyer as the 2017 recipient of the Abel Prize “for his pivotal role in the development of the mathematical theory of wavelets.” The prize carries a monetary award of approximately $715,000 U.S. dollars.
Meyer is called the visionary leader in the modern development of this theory, which resides at the intersection of mathematics, information technology, and computational science. According to the Abel Committee, wavelet analysis has been applied in a wide variety of arenas as diverse as applied and computational harmonic analysis, data compression, noise reduction, medical imaging, archiving, digital cinema, deconvolution of the Hubble space telescope images, and the recent LIGO detection of gravitational waves created by the collision of two black holes. Meyer’s research is a perfect example of work begun in pure mathematics resulting in important and useful real-world applications. It was a chance meeting at a photocopier that triggered his interest in wavelet theory. Read more about the story behind Meyer’s “second scientific life.”
Meyer is a professor emeritus at the École Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay in France, member of the French Academy of Science, and an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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