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The Crafoord Prize in astronomy and mathematics, biosciences, geosciences or polyarthritis research is awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences annually according to a rotating scheme. The prize sum of SEK 6 million makes the Crafoord one of the world´s largest scientific prizes.

Live from Crafoord Days 2016


The Crafoord Prize Symposium in Astronomy
Rotating black holes and their astrophysical consequences

25 MAY, 09:00–17:30 (break: 10.30–10.50, 12.15–13.15 & 15:15–15:30)

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The Crafoord Prize Symposium in Mathematics
Contact and symplectic topology

25 MAY, 09:30–17:00 (break: 10.35–11.00, 12.00–13.30 & 15:30–16:00)


Crafoord Days 2016


The Crafoord Days 2016 are celebrated in Stockholm and Lund from 24 to 26 May with Prize symposiums, Prize lectures and the Prize award ceremony at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, in the presence of H.M. the King of Sweden.

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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, CA, 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”.

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The Crafoord Prize in Mathematics


The Crafoord Prize in Astronomy