Saturday, July 15, 2017

Maryam Mirzakhani

Mathematics Education
History of Science
Edward Hessler

The first woman to win the maths Fields Medal has died (metatastic breast cancer). The Fields Medal is the equivalent of a Nobel prize but is awarded to candidates (2-4 every four years) less than 40 years old.

As a teenager Professor Mirzakhani won two gold medals in the International Mathematical Olympiad. She was the first Iranian woman to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Brilliant mathematician, a daughter, a mother and a wife. By all accounts she was humble in her achievements.

Here is an interview with her.

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