She is the first woman in history to be awarded mathematics’ highest honour
Maryam Mirzakhani, professor of mathematics at Stanford University, became the first woman in history to be awarded mathematics’ highest honour, the Fields Medal.
Winning the Fields Medal is something akin to winning a string of Olympic golds, or being Wimbledon champion several years in a row.
Born in 1977 in Tehran, Mirzakhani grew up in the Iranian capital and got her bachelor in math from the country’s prestigious university, Sharif University of Technology, in 1999, while later she received her master and PhD degrees from Harvard University in the United States.
“Thanks to my great teachers in Iran, both in high school and at Sharif University for providing a stimulating environment for their students,” she expressed at the award ceremony.
Her research interests mainly include hyperbolic geometry, Teichmüller theory, ergodic theory, and symplectic geometry.