The first female mathematician to receive the prestigious Fields Medal

The first female mathematician to receive the prestigious Fields Medal is Maryam Mirzakhani from Stanford University. Mirzakhani said: "I will be happy if it encourages young female scientists and mathematicians. I am sure there will be many more women winning this kind of award in coming years." Mirzakhani was born and raised in Tehran, where as a young girl she dreamed of becoming a writer. By high school, however, her affinity for solving mathematical problems and working on proofs had shifted her sights.

The Fields Medal is given to young researchers under age 40, as opposed to the Abel Prize which is given to long life careers, usually to aged researchers.

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Av Cristian Prisacariu
Publisert 21. aug. 2014 00:46 - Sist endret 14. okt. 2016 14:00