Prof. Hillel Furstenberg's picture was added to the Hebrew University "wall of Nobels".
University administration representatives were joined by senior faculty from the Einstein Institute of Mathematics and family members for an "unveiling" ceremony where Prof. Hillel Furstenberg's picture was added to the Hebrew University's "Wall of Nobels".
Prof. Furstenberg, of the Einstein Institute of Mathematics at the Hebrew University, was chosen last year to receive the Abel Prize, together with Prof. Gregory Margolis from Yale University. The Abel Prize is awarded annually by the King of Norway in recognition of exceptional accomplishments in the field of mathematics and is widely recognized as the most prominent award in the field - on par with the Nobel Prize which has no category for mathematics.
Prof. Furstenberg and Prof. Margolis received the award for their groundbreaking research in the field of probability. The two researchers developed tools to investigate mathematical objects, such as groups and graphs, and in doing so introduced probabilistic methods to solve many open problems in group theory, number theory, combinatorics and graph theory.