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Mathnasium of South Beaverton congratulates Maryam Mirzakhani! She became the first woman in 78 years to win the Fields medal, often referred to as the Nobel Prize of Mathematics.

Feb 4, 2017

Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman in 78 years to win the Fields medal, often referred to as the Nobel Prize of Mathematics. She won it because of her amazing work in "advances in the theory of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces."


Fields medal is a very unique prize given out only once every four years by the International Mathematical Union. Till now only 54 male and 1 female medalists have been awarded the prestigious award.

In a press release, Maryam said, “This is a great honor. I will be happy if it encourages young female scientists and mathematicians. I am sure there will be many more women winning this kind of award in coming years.I think it’s rarely about what you actually learn in class … it’s mostly about things that you stay motivated to go and continue to do on your own.”

Talking about Maryam’s achievement, Canadian math professor Izabella Laba wrote: “Mirzakhani's selection does exactly nothing to convince me that women are capable of doing mathematical research at the same level as men. I have never had any doubt about that in the first place…What I take from it instead is that we as a society, men and women alike, are becoming better at encouraging and nurturing mathematical talent in women, and more capable of recognizing excellence in women's work.”