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As I cannot directly contribute to this entry, here is my own entry
from PPhysics that has the relevant improvements:

\section{Abel Award Laureates}
The Abel award is an International Award by The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters which is awarded for outstanding, exceptional work by living mathematicians, mathematical physicists or theoretical physicists. The Niels Henrik Abel (1802-1829) Memorial Fund was established at the bicentenary of Abel's birth (in 2002) to award the Abel Prize for outstanding scientific work in the field of mathematics. The choice of an Abel Laureate is based upon the recommendation by the Abel Committee consisting of five internationally recognized mathematicians, and is handed over by the King of Norway in an official ceremony. Both Jean-Pierre Serre and Mikhail L. Gromov attended the Abel ceremony in May 2009. Norway is reported to have provided in 2002 an initial, total funding of NOK 200,000,000 (over 23 million USD) = in an attempt to generate publicity for mathematics, and increase its popularity especially with young students of mathematics and mathematical physics. One can thus say that to date all of the awards are for advanced mathematics relevant to both `pure' mathematics and physics. “The Abel Prize recognizes contributions of extraordinary depth and influence to the mathematical sciences and has been awarded annually since 2003. It carries a cash award of NOK 6,000,000 (close to Euros 700,000, or USD 950,000). Mikhail L. Gromov will receive the Abel Prize from His Majesty King Harald at an award ceremony in Oslo, Norway, May 19. ”.

The following is the current short list of Abel Laureates.

2003: Jean-Pierre Serre, “for playing a key role in shaping the modern form of many parts of mathematics, including topology, algebraic geometry and number theory.”
2004: Sir Michael Francis Atiyah and Isadore M. Singer, “for their discovery and proof of the index theorem, bringing together topology, geometry and analysis, and their outstanding role in building new bridges between mathematics and theoretical physics.”
2005: Peter D. Lax, “for his groundbreaking contributions to the theory and application of partial differential equations and to the computation of their solutions.”
2006: Lennart Carleson, “for his profound and seminal contributions to harmonic analysis and the theory of smooth dynamical systems.”
2007: Srinivasa S. R. Varadhan, “for his fundamental contributions to probability theory and in particular for creating a unified theory of large deviations.”
2008: John Griggs Thomson (at U. Florida, USA) and Jacques Tits (at Collège de France, in Paris, France), “for their profound achievements in algebra and in particular for shaping modern group theory.”
2009: Mikhail Leonidovich Gromov, received his award for his revolutionary contributions to geometry.
Gromov-Witten invariants are of significant interest in modern quantum field theory,the theory of groups of polynomial growth, and also immersion theory.

He is a foreign member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Member of l'Académie Francaise de Sciences (The French Academy of Sciences) (along with Jean-Pierre Serre).

His achievements have been considered by certain mathematicians as `the greatest in mathematics' for the beginning of this millenium.

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The following is the TeX code of my entry at PlanetPhysics.org of a
concise biography of Mikhail Leonidovich Gromov, the 2009 Abel Prize, that can be found at the following URL:

http://planetphysics.org/?op=getobj&from=objects&id=744
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\section{Mikhail Leonidovich Gromov} (b. December 23, 1943 in Boksitogorsk, Russia)

Currently at IHES, Mikhail Gromov is a French-Russian geometer with major contributions to modern mathematics over the last 25 years. Some of his most important contributions to modern geometry are in the following areas: Riemannian metrics, solutions of important problems in global Riemannian geometry, convergence of Riemannian manifolds, Gromov compactness principle, distance in abstract spaces, foundations of global symplectic geometry, J-holomorphic curves on symplectic manifolds, Gromov-Witten invariants (of significant interest in modern quantum field theory), groups of polynomial growth and immersion theory.

\subsection{Education}
Masters degree in Mathematics in 1965, Doctorate in 1969 and a Post-doctoral Thesis in 1973 at Leningrad University.

\subsection{Academic career}

\begin{itemize}
\item Assistant Professor from 1967 to 1974 at Leningrad University.
\item Permanent Professor at the Institut des Hautes \'Etudes Scientifiques, Bures-sur-Yvette, France, since 1982. naturalized French citizen since 1992.
\item Jay Gould Professor of Mathematics at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, (in addition to IHES)
\item Elected Member of the US National Academy of Sciences.
\end{itemize}
\subsection{Major Awards}
\begin{itemize}
\item Wolf Prize in 1993
\item The Balzan Prize in 1999
\item Leroy P. Steele Prize in 1997
\item Lobatchewski Medal in 1997
\item Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences in 2002
\item Abel Prize in 2009.
\end{itemize}

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