On March 25, the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announced Princeton University mathematician John Nash as the 2015 Abel Prize recipient. Nash was awarded for his seminal work on partial differential equations, which are used to describe the basic laws of scientific phenomena.

The award is one of the most prestigious in the field of mathematics and includes an $800,000 prize. Nash shares the prize with longtime colleague Louis Nirenberg, a professor emeritus at New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.

Nash, a Princeton senior research mathematician, will share the prize with longtime colleague Louis Nirenberg, a professor emeritus at New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. Nash is the second consecutive Princeton researcher to receive the honor; Yakov Sinai, a Princeton University professor of mathematics, was awarded the 2014 Abel Prize for his influential 50-year career in mathematics. Several past winners have been University alumni.

Nash and Nirenberg will accept the prize from His Majesty King Harald V of Norway during a May 19 ceremony in Oslo.