Wolf Prize Laureate in Mathematics 1979
The Prize Committee for Mathematics has decided that the prize for this year should be divided between Jean Leray and André Weil.
Institute for Advanced Study
Princeton, New Jersey, USA
“for his inspired introduction of algebro-geometry to the theory of numbers.”
Both these mathematicians have made outstanding contributions in many different areas of mathematics and their work has had very great impact on the development of mathematics over the past decades.
Professor (Emeritus) Andre Weil has made important contributions in harmonic analysis, differential geometry, and aspects of Lie group theory, but his most outstanding achievement has been in the development of algebraic geometry and its application to important problems in number theory. Since 1957, he is Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and his career is singularly rich in achievements. Among his contemporaries, he has long occupied a unique position by combining originality and creativity to the highest degree, with an encyclopedic knowledge and deep understanding of most areas of contemporary mathematics. He is furthermore a formidable scholar of classical mathematics, whose historical insight and perspective -particularly in the field of number theory- is unequaled among mathematicians today.