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Visiting senior research scholar KAREN UHLENBECK has won the 2019 Abel Prize for her work in geometric analysis and gauge theory, the mathematical language of theoretical physics. She is the first woman to win the $700,000 prize, presented by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, and one of the most prestigious in mathematics. Uhlenbeck, who is also a professor at the University of Texas-Austin, co-founded the Program for Women and Mathematics at Princeton and the Institute for Advanced Study, which offers intensive summer classes for women from across the country.