# What is the mathematics analogue of the Nobel Prize?

1. Aug 27, 2014

### Demystifier

You have probably heard many times that the closest analogue of the Nobel Prize for mathematics is the Fields Medal. But today I realized that it is not. There is a much closer analogue - the Abel prize.

In particular, both the Nobel and the Abel prize are about $1.5 million, while the Fields medal is only about$15.000. In addition, Nobel and Abel prizes are awarded each year, while Fields medal is awarded every four years. For more details see
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fields_Medal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abel_Prize

2. Aug 27, 2014

### DataGG

Are you sure the Fields medal is only $15.000? I always thought it was$1 million. Didn't Grigori Perelman turn down 1 million dollars?

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3. Aug 27, 2014

### johnqwertyful

The Fields medal is only \$15 000. You're thinking of the millennium prize problems.

4. Aug 27, 2014

### micromass

Staff Emeritus
Yeah, the Abel prize is probably closest to the Nobel Prize. But the Fields medal is still the most prestigous prize.