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First Woman To Win Abel Prize In Math

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Andrea Kane/Institute for Advanced Study via The Cut

The Abel Prize is known as the “Nobel Prize of Math,” which works out well because they basically have the same name. Professor Karen Uhlenbeck became the first woman to win the award in its sixteen-year history for her work on geometry and mathematical physics, with an emphasis on geometric partial differential equations, integrable systems, and gauge theory. She basically invented geometric analysis and creates theories of predictive mathematics inspired by looking at soap bubbles. IDK what any of that means, but this University of Texas at Austin emeritus professor is the GOAT of math.

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