Stanford professor, the first woman to win top prize in mathematics
August 13 , 2014
Maryam Mirzakhani, a mathematics professor at Stanford University, has become the first woman to win the "Fields Medal" — mathematics' most prestigious prize.
The prize is awarded once in four years to exceptionally talented mathematicians, who are under the age of 40.
Mirzhakhani, 37, grew up in Iran and later secured her PhD from Harvard.
While presenting her with the award, the International Mathematical Union cited her “outstanding contributions to the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces.”
The other winners of the Fields Medal for 2014 are Martin Hairer from the UK; Manjul Bhargava from the US; and Artur Avila from Paris.