Mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani Becomes First Woman to Win Fields Medal

August 13, 2014 10:43 PM

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Mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani Becomes First Woman to Win Fields Medal

For the first time in history, the Fields Medal — the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for mathematics — has been awarded to a woman. A share of the award goes to Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian mathematician and professor of mathematics at Stanford University.

Mirzakhani and three other mathematicians were honored for their contributions to the field at the International Congress of Mathematicians on Wednesday in Seoul, South Korea. The Fields Medal is the most prestigious international award for mathematics. The award is given every four years to mathema...

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