“Maryam Mirzakhani, a professor of mathematics at Stanford, has been awarded the 2014 Fields Medal, the most prestigious honor in mathematics. Mirzakhani is the first woman to win the prize, widely regarded as the ‘Nobel Prize of mathematics,’ since it was established in 1936…
…Mirzakhani was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. As a young girl she dreamed of becoming a writer. By high school, however, her affinity for solving mathematical problems and working on proofs had shifted her sights.
‘It is fun – it’s like solving a puzzle or connecting the dots in a detective case,’ she said. ‘I felt that this was something I could do, and I wanted to pursue this path.'”
Learn more about the award on the Wolfram Mathworld website.