Wolf Prize in Mathematics


The Wolf Prize in Mathematics is awarded almost annually[a] by the Wolf Foundation in Israel. It is one of the six Wolf Prizes established by the Foundation and awarded since 1978; the others are in Agriculture, Chemistry, Medicine, Physics and Arts. Until the establishment of the Abel Prize, the Prize was probably the closest equivalent of a "Nobel Prize in Mathematics", since the Fields Medal is awarded every four years only to mathematicians under the age of 40.


Year Name Nationality Citation
1978 Israel Gelfand   Soviet Union for his work in functional analysis, group representation, and for his seminal contributions to many areas of mathematics and its applications.
Carl L. Siegel   West Germany for his contributions to the theory of numbers, theory of several complex variables, and celestial mechanics.
1979 Jean Leray   France for pioneering work on the development and application of topological methods to the study of differential equations.
André Weil   France for his inspired introduction of algebraic-geometric methods to the theory of numbers.
1980 Henri Cartan   France for pioneering work in algebraic topology, complex variables, homological algebra and inspired leadership of a generation of mathematicians.
Andrey Kolmogorov   Soviet Union for deep and original discoveries in Fourier analysis, probability theory, ergodic theory and dynamical systems.
1981 Lars Ahlfors   Finland for seminal discoveries and the creation of powerful new methods in geometric function theory.
Oscar Zariski   United States creator of the modern approach to algebraic geometry, by its fusion with commutative algebra.
1982 Hassler Whitney   United States for his fundamental work in algebraic topology, differential geometry and differential topology.
Mark Krein   Soviet Union for his fundamental contributions to functional analysis and its applications.
1983/4 Shiing-Shen Chern   United States
(Chinese American)
for outstanding contributions to global differential geometry, which have profoundly influenced all mathematics.
Paul Erdős   Hungary for his numerous contributions to number theory, combinatorics, probability, set theory and mathematical analysis, and for personally stimulating mathematicians the world over.
1984/5 Kunihiko Kodaira   Japan for his outstanding contributions to the study of complex manifolds and algebraic varieties.
Hans Lewy   West Germany
  United States
for initiating many, now classic and essential, developments in partial differential equations.
1986 Samuel Eilenberg   United States for his fundamental work in algebraic topology and homological algebra.
Atle Selberg   Norway for his profound and original work on number theory and on discrete groups and automorphic forms.
1987 Kiyoshi Itō   Japan for his fundamental contributions to pure and applied probability theory, especially the creation of the stochastic differential and integral calculus.
Peter Lax   United States  Hungary for his outstanding contributions to many areas of analysis and applied mathematics.
1988 Friedrich Hirzebruch   West Germany for outstanding work combining topology, algebraic geometry and differential geometry, and algebraic number theory; and for his stimulation of mathematical cooperation and research.
Lars Hörmander   Sweden 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 Calderón   Argentina for his groundbreaking work on singular integral operators and their application to important problems in partial differential equations.
John Milnor   United States 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   Italy for his innovating ideas and fundamental achievements in partial differential equations and calculus of variations.
Ilya Piatetski-Shapiro   Israel
  United States
for his fundamental contributions in the fields of homogeneous complex domains, discrete groups, representation theory and automorphic forms.
1991 No award
1992 Lennart Carleson   Sweden for his fundamental contributions to Fourier analysis, complex analysis, quasi-conformal mappings and dynamical systems.
John G. Thompson   United States for his profound contributions to all aspects of finite group theory and connections with other branches of mathematics.
1993 Mikhail Gromov   Russia
for his revolutionary contributions to global Riemannian and symplectic geometry, algebraic topology, geometric group theory and the theory of partial differential equations;
Jacques Tits   Belgium
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.
1994/5 Jürgen Moser   Germany
  United States
for his fundamental work on stability in Hamiltonian mechanics and his profound and influential contributions to nonlinear differential equations.
1995/6 Robert Langlands   Canada for his path-blazing work and extraordinary insight in the fields of number theory, automorphic forms and group representation.
Andrew Wiles   United Kingdom for spectacular contributions to number theory and related fields, major advances on fundamental conjectures, and for settling Fermat's last theorem.
1996/7 Joseph B. Keller   United States for his profound and innovative contributions, in particular to electromagnetic, optical, and acoustic wave propagation and to fluid, solid, quantum and statistical mechanics.
Yakov G. Sinai   Russia
  United States
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   Hungary
  United States
for his outstanding contributions to combinatorics, theoretical computer science and combinatorial optimization.
Elias M. Stein   United States 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   Hungary
  United States
for his deep discoveries in topology and differential geometry and their applications to Lie groups, differential operators and mathematical physics.
Jean-Pierre Serre   France for his many fundamental contributions to topology, algebraic geometry, algebra, and number theory and for his inspirational lectures and writing.
2001 Vladimir Arnold   Russia for his deep and influential work in a multitude of areas of mathematics, including dynamical systems, differential equations, and singularity theory.
Saharon Shelah   Israel for his many fundamental contributions to mathematical logic and set theory, and their applications within other parts of mathematics.
2002/3 Mikio Sato   Japan for his creation of algebraic analysis, including hyperfunction theory and microfunction theory, holonomic quantum field theory, and a unified theory of soliton equations.
John Tate   United States for his creation of fundamental concepts in algebraic number theory.
2004 No award
2005 Gregory Margulis   Russia 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 Novikov   Russia for his fundamental and pioneering contributions to algebraic and differential topology, and to mathematical physics, notably the introduction of algebraic-geometric methods.
2006/7 Stephen Smale   United States 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   United States
for his profound contributions to ergodic theory, probability, topological dynamics, analysis on symmetric spaces and homogeneous flows.
2008 Pierre Deligne   Belgium for his work on mixed Hodge theory; the Weil conjectures; the Riemann-Hilbert correspondence; and for his contributions to arithmetic.
Phillip A. Griffiths   United States for his work on variations of Hodge structures; the theory of periods of abelian integrals; and for his contributions to complex differential geometry.
David B. Mumford   United States 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   United States
(Chinese American[b])
for his work in geometric analysis that has had a profound and dramatic impact on many areas of geometry and physics.
Dennis P. Sullivan   United States for his innovative contributions to algebraic topology and conformal dynamics.
2011 No award
2012 Michael Aschbacher   United States for his work on the theory of finite groups.
Luis Caffarelli   Argentina
  United States
for his work on partial differential equations.
2013 George D. Mostow   United States for his fundamental and pioneering contribution to geometry and Lie group theory.
Michael Artin   United States for his fundamental contributions to algebraic geometry. His mathematical accomplishments are astonishing for their depth and their scope.
2014 Peter Sarnak   South Africa
  United States
for his deep contributions in analysis, number theory, geometry, and combinatorics.
2015 James G. Arthur   Canada 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 Schoen   United States for his contributions to geometric analysis and the understanding of the interconnectedness of partial differential equations and differential geometry.
Charles Fefferman   United States for his contributions in a number of mathematical areas including complex multivariate analysis, partial differential equations and sub-elliptical problems.


  1. ^ The Wolf Foundation website describes the prize as annual; however, some prizes are split across years, while in some years no prize is awarded.
  2. ^ Yau received American citizenship in 1990. The People's Republic of China does not recognize dual nationality.

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