Maryam Mirzakhani has become the first woman to win the Fields Medal, the most prestigious prize in mathematics

Posted: 14/08/2014

Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian maths professor at Stanford University in California, has been named the first female winner of the Fields Medal. Mirzakhani won the prize for her "outstanding contributions to the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces". The prize, worth £8,000, is awarded to exceptional talents under the age of 40 once every four years by the International Mathematical Union. Between two and four prizes are announced each time.

Other 2014 Fields Medal awardees are: Artur Avila “for his profound contributions to dynamical systems theory, which have changed the face of the field, using the powerful idea of renormalization as a unifying principle”; Manjul Bhargaval “for developing powerful new methods in the geometry of numbers, which he applied to count rings of small rank and to bound the average rank of elliptic curves”, and Martin Hairer, “for his outstanding contributions to the theory of stochastic partial differential equations, and in particular for the creation of a theory of regularity structures for such equations”.

Read more in these Guardian reports:

Fields Medal mathematics prize won by woman for first time in its history

Interview with Maryam Mirzakhani: 'The more I spent time on maths, the more excited I got'

Fields Medals 2014: prizes for maths work that few of us can grasp

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