Yves Meyer was awarded the 2017 Abel Prize by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters on March 21st, 2017. This prize comes as a recognition for his pivotal work in the theory of wavelets.
Born in 1939, Yves Meyer is professor emeritus at the École normale supérieure Paris-Saclay, member of the French Academy of Science and an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Yves Meyer contributed to the discovery of wavelets, mathematical tools providing a remarkably fruitful link between a problem set squarely in pure mathematics and a theory with wide applicability in the real world, such as for example the jpeg2000 standard for digital photography. Yves Meyer also received the Salem Prize in 1970 and the Gauss Prize in 2010, two major awards in mathematics attributed by the International Mathematical Union.
He joined the University of Strasbourg as a teaching assistant, and in 1966 he was awarded a PhD there. He became a professor of mathematics first at the Université Paris-Sud, then the École Polytechnique and the Université Paris-Dauphine. He moved to the ENS Paris-Saclay in 1995.