The impressive demonstration of Fermat's last theorem has earned the British mathematician **Andrew Wiles** the 2016 Abel Prize, considered the Nobel Prize in mathematics, and which is endowed with 600,000 euros.

The problem had been without solution since 1637, when the mathematician **Pierre Fermat** raised the problem, when reading in 1637 a copy of *Arithmetic* from **Alexandria Diofanto**, in which the Pythagorean theorem was spoken. With only ten years of age, Wiles began working on him. After decades of undue effort, he managed to solve it in 1994.

He **Abel Prize** It is an international recognition to a whole scientific career in the field of mathematics, awarded by the Academy of Sciences and Letters. The Abel Prize Committee considers that "there are few results that have such a rich mathematical history and a demonstration as spectacular as Fermat's last theorem."

**Wiles** (Cambridge, 1953), he trained at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge and later expanded his studies in the United States and France. After several stays abroad, Wiles returned to Oxford in 2011 as a research professor at the Royal Society.