Translate to multiple languages

Subscribe to my Email updates
Enjoy what you've read, make sure you subscribe to my Email Updates

Monday, July 08, 2019

Maryam Mirzakhani’s mathematical legacy lives on | Science Heroes - Massive Science

Kirsi Goldynia, former scientist and journalist writes, The first woman to win a Fields Medal was only 40 when she died, but she revolutionized mathematics.

Photo: Matteo Farinella
There was a time, during her early years in Tehran, when Maryam Mirzakhani preferred literature to arithmetic. But by her adolescence, any uncertainty about her academic calling had been cast aside; she was clearly a mathematician.

As a teenager she won two gold medals at the International Mathematical Olympiads for high school students, the second of which was accompanied by a perfect score. Mirzakhani went on to earn a degree in mathematics from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran before moving to the U.S. to pursue her PhD at Harvard under the guidance of Curtis McMullen, a Fields Medal recipient. She would soon follow in his footsteps.

Mirzakhani, who died of breast cancer at age 40, was the only woman – and the only Iranian – ever to win a Fields Medal. It’s the most prestigious award in mathematics, akin to a Nobel Prize, and she was honored in 2014 for her work on the geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces.

Source: Massive Science