MARYAM MIRZAKHANI BECOMES THE FIRST FEMALE MATHEMATICIAN TO WIN “THE NOBEL PRIZE OF MATHS”

Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani made history by becoming the first woman to be awarded the Fields Medal, which is the highest award in mathematics by The International Mathematical Union.

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She was awarded by prize in 2014 for her outstanding contributions to the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces. Her findings have the potential to influence many areas of study, including material science, engineering, quantum field theory, and theoretical physics as it applies to the origin of the universe.

She was born in Iran’s capital Tehran, and has always had a passion for mathematics and excelled in it. She received first place twice at the International Mathematical Olympiad, which is the world’s most distinguished maths tournament for pre-collegiate students, and completed her PhD at Harvard University while studying under Curtis McMullen, who was the 1998 recipient of the Fields Medal. She now works as a professor of mathematics at Stanford.

She hopes that being the recipient of this highest honor will encourage young female scientists and mathematicians to pursue their dreams and break new ground with their work.

Upwards and onwards to the female geniuses of this world 🙂

*image from IFL Science.

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