The Crafoord Prizes in Mathematics and Astronomy 2016

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the 2016 Crafoord Prize in Mathematics to Yakov Eliashberg, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA,

“for the development of contact and symplectic topology and groundbreaking discoveries of rigidity and flexibility phenomena”

and the 2016 Crafoord Prize in Astronomy to Roy Kerr, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, and Roger Blandford, Stanford University, CA, USA,

for fundamental work concerning rotating black holes and their astrophysical consequences”.