Maryam Mirzakhani

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Explora celebrates Pi Day, 3.14.15, Saturday, March 14, 2015 in Albuquerque, N.M. The date for Pi Day, which are the first five numbers of Pi, only happen once every hundred years. Pi was placed all around the museum for visitors to discover, including this Pi sail for a fan-powered toy. Behind the Pi sail is Caroline Murphree of Texas, and her daughter Rebecca, 6. ''We are both math people and we think Pi is pretty cool,'' Murphree said about her and her husband, who visited the children's museum while traveling. (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal/Zuma Press/TNS)

Kamaria Walton, Beats Editor

Maryam Mirzakhani was born on May 3rd 1977 in Tehran, Iran. She is best well known for becoming both the first woman and Iranian to be awarded a Fields Medal. The Fields Medal is also known as the International Medal for Outstanding Discoveries in Mathematics.

This award is granted to between two and four mathematicians. She was recognized for her contributions to the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces as well as their moduli spaces. This however was not the only award she has received in her lifetime.

Mirzakhani has won gold medals as a teenagers in both the 1994 and 1995 Mathematical Olympiads for high school students, getting a perfect score the second year. She has earned her PH.D. for Harvard and served as a research fellow and assistant professor at Princeton.

In 2008 she became a professor at Stanford where she currently is.

 

“Your problem evolves like a live character”

–  Maryam Mirzakhani