Many of us doesn’t know about Prestigious awards beyond Nobel prize. Fields Medal which is officially known as International medal for outstanding discoveries in Mathematics is a prize awarded to 2-4 mathematicians under 40 years of age at Congress of IMU, every four years.
Maryam Mirzakhani, professor of mathematics at Stanford university, has been awarded the 2014 Fields Medal. Regarded as “Nobel Prize of mathematics”, This is the most prestigious honor in mathematics and its the first time, a Women has won this award since it was established in 1936.
According to Stanford News, Maryam Mirzakhani is quoted saying
“This is a great honor. I will be happy if it encourages young female scientists and mathematicians,” Mirzakhani said. “I am sure there will be many more women winning this kind of award in coming years.”
Maryam’s contribution to Mathematics:
Maryam has contributed to the fields of geometry and dynamical systems.
The award recognizes her contribution in understanding the symmetry of curved surfaces, such as spheres, the surfaces of doughnuts and of hyperbolic objects.
Maryam’s research work is considered “pure mathematics” and is mostly theoretical, it has implications for physics and quantum field theory.
She works in Stanford from 2008 and lives with her husband and 3 year old child. We congratulate Maryam for her achievement.