(Persia Digest) - Stanford Department of Mathematics has set up a USD 800 thousand scholarship for graduate studies in memory of its former Professor, Maryam Mirzakhani.

Scholarship founders have been named as Rouzbeh Yassini and Anousheh Ansari by the University.

Maryam Mirzakhani, the only woman and Iranian Fields medal winner (2014), was born on 3 May 1977 in Iran. She was a professor of mathematics at Stanford University. She won the Fields medal in 2014 for her work on the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces. This is a top award known as the Nobel of mathematics.

Her research included fields such as hyperbolic geometry, the Ergodic theory, and Teichmuller space.

As a high school student, Mirzakahni won gold at the International Mathematics Olympiad of 1994 in Hong Kong and 1995 in Canada. She obtained full marks in the latter as the first Iranian student.

She was also the first girl to win a gold medal at the mathematics Olympiad in Iran to make the team. She was the first person to win two consecutive gold medals.

She earned her BSc in mathematics in 1999 at Sharif University of Technology, and her PhD in 2004 from Harvard University under the guidance of Fields award winner Curtis McMullen.

Maryam Mirzakhani was acknowledged as one of PopSci's Fourth Annual Brilliant 10 in 2005.

Among her many awards also feature Clay Research Award 2014 and Satter Prize 2013.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 and died on 14 July 2017 at Stanford Hospital in California.

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