Today is the anniversary of Alfred Nobel's death.
His life is commemorated each year on December 10 by the awarding of the prizes he endowed.
The year 2002 was the 200th anniversary of the birth
of Niels Henrik Abel, the outstanding Norwegian mathematician. To mark
this occasion the Government of Norway, at the suggestion of the Department
of Mathematics at the University of Oslo, has undertaken to establish an
Abel Prize in Mathematics, following the model of the Nobel prizes.
The Abel prize has been funded by a $200 million (US$) endowment.
Born: October 21, 1833
in Stockholm, Sweden
Died: December 10, 1896
in San Remo, Italy