Niels Henrik Abel

Norway 6 April 1929,

Norway on June 5, 2002, 200 years since the birth of Abel

Niels Henrik Abel (1802-1829) was a Norwegian mathematician of great talent whose work was in analysis and elliptic functions. He proved that it was impossible to solve algebraically an equation of the fifth degree. Always poor, he died of tuberculosis at an early age, just before the news of an important appointment in Berlin could reach him.

1983 Stamp, Norway, Abel monument by Gustav Vigeland