Title IX Profiles: Maryam Mirzakhani

Title IX profiles is a new addition to my blog that aims to highlight women that have made fantastic contributions to society, both in the past and in present day. I hope that by highlighting these women, I can inspire readers to keep pushing to reach their goals.

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This year Maryam Mirzakhani became both the first woman and the first Iranian to win the Fields Medal, often regarded as the equivalent of a noble prize for the field of mathematics. She was born in Tehran, but now works as a professor of mathematics at Stanford University.

The fields medal is more formally known as the International Medal for Outstanding Discoveries in Mathematics, and was first established in 1936. Mirzakhani is being recognized for her original research in geometry and dynamic surfaces. The work is influenced by theory, but it still holds great implications in the fields of physics and more concentrated sciences.

She received her bachelors degree from Sharif University of Technology in 1999 and later received her doctorate from Harvard. “Mathematicians who would later be her mentors and colleagues followed the mathematical proofs she developed as an undergraduate.”Mirzakhani thought she wanted to be writer when she was young, but was then sucked into the world  of mathematics and later excelled in math competitions on the international level , winning the gold medal in both 1994 and 1995 at the International Math Olympiads.

It is plain to see that Maryam Mirzakhani has made tremendous leaps forward not only in the field of mathematics, but for women internationally. Hopefully, we will see more women highlighted in these fields that have been overwhelmingly male dominated. Thanks for reading!

I would like to credit this article  by Bjorn Carey for the great information and quote.  

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