The winner of the prestigious Abel Prize of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters for the year 2012 is 72-year-old Hungarian mathematician Endre Szemerédi of the Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, and Department of Computer Science, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in the United States. He gets this award for "his fundamental contributions to discrete mathematics and theoretical computer science, and in recognition of the profound and lasting impact of these contributions on additive number theory and ergodic theory.”
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Hungary has a long reputation for excellence in mathematics, the most famous contributor being Paul Erdos
The extraordinary mathematical talent of Prof. Endre Szemerédi was discovered when he was a young student in Budapest by his mentor, famous Hungarian mathematician Paul Erdõs.