Mathematician receives coveted award for solving three-century-old problem in number theory.

British number theorist Andrew Wiles has received the 2016 Abel Prize for his solution to Fermat’s last theorem — a problem that stumped some of the world’s greatest minds for three and a half centuries. The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters announced the award — considered by some to be the ‘Nobel of mathematics’ — on 15 March.

Wiles, who is 62 and now at the University of Oxford, UK, will receive 6 million kroner (US$700,000) for his 1994 proof of the theorem, which states that there cannot be any positive whole numbers *x*, *y* and *z* such that *x ^{n}* +

*y*=

^{n}*z*, if

^{n}*n*is greater than 2.

Source: *Fermat’s last theorem earns Andrew Wiles the Abel Prize*