Maryam Mirzakhani From Iran Becomes First Woman To Win Fields Medal, Math’s Top Award

August 13, 2014 5:22 AM

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Maryam Mirzakhani From Iran Becomes First Woman To Win Fields Medal, Math’s Top Award

Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian-born mathematician currently working as a professor at Stanford University, has been awarded the 2014 Fields Medal for her outstanding contributions to geometry and dynamical systems. Mirzakhani has become the first woman to win the prize, widely regarded as the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in the field of mathematics, since it was first awarded in 1936.

The Fields Medal, officially known as the International Medal for Outstanding Discoveries in Mathematics, was awarded to Mirzakhani by the International Mathematical Union, or IMU, on Wednesday at the International Congress of Mathematicians, in Seoul. Established by Canadian mathematician John Fiel...

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