Herstory Thursdays: Maryam Mirzakhani

As the first ever woman to win the prestigious mathematical prize the Fields Medal, Maryam Mirzakhani broke down her barriers. This Herstory Thursday's post is dedicated to her posthumously and in honor of the work that she has achieved in mathematics. 

Maryam Mirzakhani

Maryam Mirzakhani

Born in 1977 in Tehran, Maryam attended a school that was part of the National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents in Iran. In 1995, Maryam became the first female Iranian student to win a gold medal in the International Mathematics Olympiad. 

In 1999, Maryam graduated with a Bachelors degree in Mathematics and went on to gain her PhD from Harvard in 2004. She then went on to become a fellow at Princeton University and in 2008 became a professor at Stanford. While at Stanford, Maryam worked on the "theory of moduli spaces of Riemann surfaces", which in 2014, won her a Fields Medal, making her the first woman and Iranian to do so. 

Miryam was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2013 and, after a four year battle with the disease, she died at the age of 40 on July 14th 2017. She has made amazing contributions to the field of mathematics both as a woman and as someone of Iranian nationality. She will be missed and remembered.