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- From the Abel Prize site link: "Andrew J. Wiles is one of very few mathematicians – if not the only one – whose proof of a theorem has made international headline news."
- Given this fact, along with the general notion that Dr. Wiles is such a deserving award recipient, why has there been a 20-year delay (12-year if one considers that the Abel Prize didn't exist before 2004) to name him a winner? His initial error was corrected by 1995, and I haven't heard contention that his proof is illegitimate. Are there some bureaucratic or other factors at play?

## Delay

- From the Abel Prize site link: "Andrew J. Wiles is one of very few mathematicians – if not the only one – whose proof of a theorem has made international headline news."

- Given this fact, along with the general notion that Dr. Wiles is such a deserving award recipient, why has there been a 20-year delay (12-year if one considers that the Abel Prize didn't exist before 2004) to name him a winner? His initial error was corrected by 1995, and I haven't heard contention that his proof is illegitimate. Are there some bureaucratic or other factors at play?