Maryam Mirzakhani is also the first Iranian to earn the coveted Fields Award.
This is Maryam Mirzakhani, 37, the Iranian mathematician who just become the first woman to win the Fields Award, the Nobel Prize equivalent in the mathematics world.
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The International Congress of Mathematicians, based in Seoul, South Korea, awards the prestigious distinction every four years. All previous 52 winner winners have been male, New Scientist reported.
Mirzakhani was born and raised in Tehran, Iran's capital. In 1995, she broke another barrier, when as a high-school student she became the first Iranian to earn a perfect score in the International Mathematics Olympiad. After studying in Iran, Mirzakhani went on to earn her PHD at Harvard University. She currently teaches mathematics at Stanford University in California. Her work primarily focuses on studying geometric structures and deformations.