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Full professor of Stanford at the age of 31, the first woman to win the "Nobel prize of mathematics".The International Mathematical Union (IMU) has revealed on its website the winners of the 2014 Fields medals, considered the highest honour in mathematics. The four young medallists — including Maryam Mirzakhani, the first female winner since the prizes were established in 1936 — have been selected for their contributions to topics ranging from dynamical systems to the geometry of numbers and the solution of equations of the type that describe many physical phenomena.

News:

http://www.nature.com/news/iranian-is-first-woman-to-nab-highest-prize-in-maths-1.15686

Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5Ycv05Q4Ao

Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maryam_Mirzakhani

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Wow, she's not even 40 yet! She's an extraordinary person.Mirzakhani found international recognition as a brilliant teenager after receiving gold medals at both the 1994 International Mathematical Olympiad (Hong Kong) and the 1995 International Mathematical Olympiad (Toronto), where she was the first Iranian student to finish with a perfect score.

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The stipulation of the fields medal is it must be awarded to young mathematicians so everyone who recieves it is below that age. But good for her. She is clearly both hard working and incredibly brilliant which is the perfect combination. These IMO medalists are ridiculously talented people and for her to be IMO brilliant and research brilliant is plain awesome.Wow, she's not even 40 yet! She's an extraordinary person.

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She's my friend's friend! That's why I was so excited!

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She really likes surfaces. Anyone know specifics of her research?

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Check the wiki page, I guess it points to publications etc.

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Does anyone on this forum understand the work of this person?

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The Guardian made it sound like hardly anyone can understand what she does. A commenter gave a link to this Google+ post:Does anyone on this forum understand the work of this person?

https://plus.google.com/117663015413546257905/posts/UTt2WeAcPEY

There's more here too

http://www.theguardian.com/science/...s-2014-maths-avila-bhargava-hairer-mirzakhani

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