An Iranian-born mathematician has become the first woman to win the prestigious mathematics prize known as the Fields Medal. Maryam Mirzakhani will receive the award, widely considered the Nobel Prize for math, at a ceremony in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday.
"This is a great honor. I will be happy if it encourages young female scientists and mathematicians," Mirzakhani said. "I am sure there will be many more women winning this kind of award in coming years."
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Mirzakhani said she hopes her achievement "encourages young female scientists and mathematicians".
Born and raised in Iran, Mirzakhani is a Harvard-educated mathematician and professor at Stanford University in California.
The Fields Medal is awarded every four years, to four winners by the International Congress of Mathematicians.
The other three winners this year are Artur Avila of France, Manjul Bhargava of Princeton University in New Jersey, and Martin Hairer of the University of Warwick in Britain.
Anouncement by the International Congress of Mathematicians
Maryam Mirzakhani is awarded the Fields Medal for her outstanding contributions to the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces.
Born in 1977 in Tehran, Iran, Maryam Mirzakhani received her Ph.D. in 2004 from Harvard University, where her advisor was Curtis McMullen. From 2004 to 2008 she was a Clay Mathematics Institute Research Fellow and an assistant professor at Princeton University. She is currently a professor at Stanford University. Her honors include the 2009 Blumenthal Award for the Advancement of Research in Pure Mathematics and the 2013 Satter Prize of the American Mathematical Society.
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