Robert P. Langlands has been awarded the 2018 Abel Prize for his work dating back to January 1967. He was then a 30-year-old associate professor at Princeton, working during the Christmas break. He wrote a 17-page letter to the great French mathematician André Weil, aged 60, outlining some of his new mathematical insights.

Previous Abel Prize recipients include professor emeritus Andrew Wiles, John Nash, and professor Yakov Sinai.