Maryam Mirzakhani

Country of birth: 
Iran, Islamic Republic of
Country of studies: 
United States
Country of residence: 
United States

Maryam Mirzakhani is worldwide famous for having been the first woman, as well as the first person from Iran, to be awarded the Fields Medal at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Seoul in 2014. A beautiful video, by the Simons Foundation and the International Mathematical Union, where she is talking about her work, can be found here.

EWM received with heavy hearts the notice of her untimely death on July 14, 2017. Most famous for being the first female mathematician to win the Fields medal,  "For her outstanding contributions to the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces",  since 2008 she was a full Professor at Stanford University. By all accounts a modest and generous person, she will be sorely missed by the mathematical community. We at EWM offer our sincerest condolences to her husband and daughter, and to all her family, friends and collaborators.

More information on her life and career can be found  following the links  on Quantamagazine, at Stanford University, on Terry Tao's blog, in The Newyorker or in The guardian, as well as many many other places.