ID : N-706 Date : 2017/11/22 - 12:47
(Persia Digest) – A ceremony was held on 21 November 2017 in honor of Maryam Mirzakhani, the Iranian mathematics genius and only woman winner of the Fields Medal, at her former Sharif University of Technology (SUT). The ceremony was attended by the President’s Deputy of Science and Technology, Surena Sattari, SUT governing board members, scholars, elites, and friends and family of the late Mirzakhani.
The ceremony opened with a speech by SUT President, Dr Fotuhi, who said: “Maryam Mirzakhani taught us to break the taboos of women’s slow move forward towards the peaks of achievement which has its roots in a corner of our tradition some insist on holding on to.”
He added: “But Maryam Mirzakhani stood up to the challenge. She showed us that there is no difference in the inherent characteristics of men and women in creation.
The ceremony continued with a speech by SUT Physics Professor, Dr Mansouri: “Professor Maryam Mirzakhani is going to be a turning point in Iranian history. She was able to display with her magnanimity that our scientific system is not only lagging, which is natural, but it is also defective. As a woman, she showed us that we are wrong in defining humankind and its needs for creativity and prosperity.”
Professor at the Faculty of Mathematical Sciences of Shahid Beheshti University, Dr Zahra Guya, and faculty members Adel Ferdosipur and Dr Aliangholi Mashayekhi also spoke at the ceremony.
Mathematics Professor at the SUT, Dr Amir Jafari, said: “Maryam was a multidimensional person who was not just a mathematician. Her passion for literature led to her development of mathematics in terms of literature and stories. Apart from her intelligence and perseverance, Maryam’s imagination also led to her success; imagination is very effective in the advancement of science, because knowledge is limited and imagination is unlimited.”
Maryam’s father announced the opening of Maryam Charity Foundation, and said: “This Foundation will work to discover new talents.”
He added: “The Maryam Charity Foundation will discover new talents, support them financially and mentally, and lay the grounds for the growth and evolution of our young elites.” The Articles of Association for the Foundations is being ratified.