Wednesday, August 13, 2014

HISTORIC FIRST: Fields Medal (Mathematics' Nobel Equivalent) Goes To Female Stanford Professor

Maryam Mirzakhani is the first woman to win mathematics' most prestigious prize
Finally! After 80 years, the most prestigious prize in mathematics, the Fields Medal has been awarded to a woman. Maryam Mirzakhani, currently a full professor at Stanford University was declared one of four winners of Mathematics' Nobel-equivalent at the International Mathematics Union in Seoul, Korea today.

The Guardian reports:
Born in 1977 in Tehran, Iran, Maryam Mirzakhani received her Ph.D in 2004 from Harvard University, where her advisor was Curtis McMullen. From 2004 to 2008 she was a Clay Mathematics Institute Research Fellow and an assistant professor at Princeton University. She is currently a professor at Stanford University. Her honors include the 2009 Blumenthal Award for the Advancement of Research in Pure Mathematics and the 2013 Satter Prize of the American Mathematical Society.
I wonder if any media outlets will be requesting comment on Mirzakhani's breakthrough achievement from Larry Summers?

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