Maryam Mirzakhani, the Iranian Mathematician on Wednesday became the 1st woman who received the award of Fields Medal Mathematic’s which is equivalent to Nobel Prize.
She, who is the professor at California’s Stanford University was 1 among the 4 Fields Medal recipients at an event International Congress of Mathematicians, that was held in Seoul. She is the 1st female among the 56 winners of this prize, since it was established in the year 1936.
On Stanford’s Website, it was stated about Mirzakhani expressing her happiness over this great honor. She also hopes that it provides encouragement to young female mathematicians and scientists. She further said that she is sure that there would be many more women who would win this kind of award in the years to come.
Mirzakhani, who is 37, was born in Tehran and lived there till she started her doctorate work at Harvard University. She had a dream of becoming a writer in her young years, but she chose to pursue her enthusiasm for solving mathematical problems.
She said that this is fun and it is like solving some puzzle or connecting dots in detective cases. She was firm that she wanted to do something like this and hence, pursued this path.
Mirzakhani was known for her work in developing an understanding of symmetry of curved surfaces, as per the Stanford site. These prizes are awarded every 4 years. Park Geun-hye, the President of South Korea, the 1st woman to hold that post, presented these prizes on Wednesday.
The other 3 winners of Fields Medal on Wednesday were Artur Avila of Brazil’s National Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics and National Center for Scientific Research in France; University of Warwick’s Martin Hairer and Princeton’s University’s Manjul Bhargava.