Belgian Mathematician Pierre Deligne won the Abel prize 2013. The Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters announced the award at the academy in Oslo on 20 March 2013.The prize will be given by His Majesty King Harald V of Norway at an award ceremony in Oslo on 21 May 2013.
Deligne’s most famous contributions was his spectacular proof of the last and the deepest of the (André) Weil conjectures in 1973, for which he got the Fields Medal award in 1978. He also got the Crafoord Prize in 1988 jointly with Alexander Grothendieck. He also provided the solution of the Weil conjectures which made him famous in the world of mathematics at a very young age.
The Abel Prize is considered equivalent to the Nobel Prize.It recognises contributions of extraordinary depth and influence in mathematical sciences. It carries a cash award of 6 million Norwegian krone (1 million US Dollars).The academy instituted this award in 2002. The Abel prize was given for the first time in 2003.