Iranian math scientist Maryam Mirzakhani has received the 2013 biennial Satter Prize in mathematics presented by American Mathematical Society.
The Satter Prize is dedicated to a woman to recognize and appreciate the winner’s mathematical accomplishments.
Born in 1977 in Tehran, Mirzakhani grew up in the Iranian capital and got her bachelor in math from the country’s prestigious university, Sharif University of Technology, in 1999, while later she received her master and PhD degrees from Harvard University in the United States.
“Thanks to my great teachers in Iran, both in high school and at Sharif University for providing a stimulating environment for their students,” she expressed at the award ceremony.
Mirzakhani is an alumna of Iran’s National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents (NODET), who was crowned two gold international medals.
She won gold medals in both the International Mathematical Olympiad (Hong Kong 1994) in which she scored 41 out of 42 points, and in the International Mathematical Olympiad (Canada 1995) with a perfect score of 42 out of 42 points, ranking her 1st jointly with 14 other participants.
She became full professor of Mathematics at the age of 31 in 2008 at Stanford University where she is currently working.
Her research interests mainly include hyperbolic geometry,TeichmÃ¼ller theory, ergodic theory, and symplectic geometry.