First Woman Mathematics Nobel Prize Winner, Maryam Mirzakhani

The first woman to win a Nobel Prize in the field of mathematics is an Iranian woman going by the name of Maryam Mirzakhani. She was born in the capital of Tehran in 1977, and earned a PhD from Harvard University. She has made enormous contributions in many fields of mathematics.


Women have, since time immemorial, showed their worth in almost all fields of study. Somehow, they are still having to battle with gender bias even though we live in a modern world. Some women, however, emerge as real warriors, bearing testimony to the capabilities of their own kind. The first woman to win the Nobel Prize of mathematics is an Iranian-born mathematician, Maryam Mirzakhani – winner of a Fields Medal, together with three other winners Artur Avila of France, Manjul Bhargava of Princeton University in New Jersey, and Martin Hairer of the University of Warwick in Britain.

The Fields Medal is quite a coveted award. It is given out every four years to winners over the world having not reached 40 years of age.

An ex-Harvard student, she now works at the Stanford University in California as professor. She hopes that her own achievement is viewed as a source of motivation for many more women. “This is a great honor. I will be happy if it encourages young female scientists and mathematicians,” Mirzakhani said in a press release after the news was announced.

What made Maryam Mirzakhani earn the award?

Born in Tehran in 1977, Mirzakhani aspired to lofty dreams. She obtained her PhD in 2004 from Harvard. She has many more awards ascribed to her in the past: the 2009 Blumenthal Award for the Advancement of Research in Pure Mathematics and the 2013 Satter Prize of the American Mathematical Society.

She has contributed to the fields of geometry and dynamical systems, where she specially focused on the symmetry of curved surfaces like sphere. She has mostly done theory works which have bearings in physics and quantum field theory. She’s really good at mathematical techniques.

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