Memorial of Professor Maryam Mirzakhani at Stanford

Memorial of Professor Maryam Mirzakhani at Stanford
ID : N-490 Date : 2017/10/22 - 13:27

(Persia Digest) - The memorial ceremony of "Professor Maryam Mirzakhani" was held by professors and her friends at Stanford University.

On Saturday, October 21, at 15:00 local time, a memorial service was held for Professor Maryam Mirzakhani at Stanford University and Research Center.

In lieu of flowers, contributions were made to the Maryam Mirzakhani Graduate Fellowship, at Stanford University. The Stanford Mathematics Department and the Mathematics Research Center hosted the memorial.

The two-hour event featured parts of Maryam Mirzakhani's life, and a group of friends, relatives, and colleagues talked about her personality and academic status. These included Professor Roya Beheshti of the University of Washington, who spoke about her friend and colleague over a video conference.

At the Stanford Memorial, Maryam Mirzakhani’s husband spoke about her submission to fate and having no complaints about what happened to her.

Maryam Mirzakhani, born on May 3, 1977, was an Iranian mathematician and professor at Stanford University in the United States. She was awarded the Fields Medal in 2014 for her work on the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces. Fields Medal is the highest mathematical award, known as the Nobel Prize in Mathematics. She is the only woman and the only Iranian to win the Fields Medal. Her research field included Thaismoller theory, hyperbolic geometry, ergodic theory, and manifold geometry.

Maryam Mirzakhani won the gold medal in the World Mathematical Olympiads in 1994 (Hong Kong) and 1995 (Canada) while studying at Farzanegan high school in Tehran, and she became the first Iranian student to score a full grade.

Mirzakhani then earned her Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Sharif University in 1999 and her Ph.D. from the Harvard University in 2004, led by the Fields-winning Curtis McMullen.

Maryam Mirzakhani was celebrated by the “Popular Science” magazine in the United States as one of the top 10 young intellects of 2005 and a mastermind in mathematics.

This mathematics genius died on July 14, 2017, at the age of 40 at a hospital in California.


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