Maryam Mirzakhani was born in Tehran, Iran. She received the 2014 Fields Medal (often referred to as the “Nobel Prize for Mathematics”). Mirzakhani is the first and, to-date, only female recipient of this prestigious award since its inception in 1936. At the time of her death, she was Professor of Mathematics at Stanford University.

Mirzakhani attended Farzanegan School in Tehran, a private girls’ school for the academically gifted. In 1994, she won a gold medal at the International Mathematical Olympiad, which was held in Hong Kong that year. The following year, in Toronto, she took home two gold medals.

In 1998, while studying as an undergraduate at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran–considered then as now Iran’s premier university of science and technology–Mirzakhani was involved in a tragic accident. A bus carrying Sharif University math students fell off a cliff, and she was one of only a handful of survivors.

In 1999, Mirzakhani received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Sharif University. She traveled to the US for her graduate training, receiving her PhD in 2004 from Harvard University, where she worked under the supervision of Curtis T. McMullen. After taking her doctorate, Mirzakhani was a Research Fellow with the Clay Mathematics Institute in Peterborough, New Hampshire, and then a professor at Princeton University.

In 2009, Mirzakhani took the position at Stanford which she held until her untimely death at the age of 40 from breast cancer. In her short life, Mirzakhani published some 25 peer-reviewed journal articles, and co-authored a book in Farsi whose title translates as Elementary Number Theory: Challenging Problems.

Mirzakhani’s work on the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces is usually considered her greatest contribution to mathematics.

In 2016, Mirzakhani was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences, USA.

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According to Wikipedia, Maryam Mirzakhani was an Iranian mathematician and a professor of mathematics at Stanford University. Her research topics included Teichmüller theory, hyperbolic geometry, ergodic theory, and symplectic geometry. In 2005, as a result of her research, she was honored in Popular Science's fourth annual "Brilliant 10" in which she was acknowledged as one of the top 10 young minds who have pushed their fields in innovative directions.

- Simple geodesics and Weil-Petersson volumes of moduli spaces of bordered Riemann surfaces (282)
- Weil-Petersson volumes and intersection theory on the moduli space of curves (234)
- Isolation, equidistribution, and orbit closures for the SL(2,R) action on Moduli space (180)
- Growth of the number of simple closed geodesics on hyperbolic surfaces (150)
- Invariant and stationary measures for the SL(2,R) action on Moduli space (129)
- Growth of Weil-Petersson volumes and random hyperbolic surfaces of large genus (72)
- Lattice Point Asymptotics and Volume Growth on Teichmuller space. (61)
- Counting closed geodesics in Moduli space (53)
- Counting Mapping Class group orbits on hyperbolic surfaces (40)
- Ergodic Theory of the Earthquake Flow (37)
- Towards large genus asymptotics of intersection numbers on moduli spaces of curves (37)
- The boundary of an affine invariant submanifold (30)
- A Simple Proof of a Theorem of Schur (29)
- Ergodic Theory of the Space of Measured Laminations (20)
- Full rank affine invariant submanifolds (16)
- Lengths of closed geodesics on random surfaces of large genus (16)
- Sperner's Colorings, Hypergraph Labeling Problems and Fair Division (13)
- Energy levels of hybrid monolayer-bilayer graphene quantum dots (13)
- Effective counting of simple closed geodesics on hyperbolic surfaces (11)
- On Weil-Petersson Volumes and Geometry of Random Hyperbolic Surfaces (10)
- Energy levels of ABC-stacked trilayer graphene quantum dots with infinite-mass boundary conditions (7)
- Contemporary Mathematics Random hyperbolic surfaces and measured laminations (6)
- Electrostatically confined trilayer graphene quantum dots (4)
- Landau levels in biased graphene structures with monolayer-bilayer interfaces (4)
- Sperner’s Colorings and Optimal Partitioning of the Simplex (3)
- POSITIVE SOLUTIONS OF NONLINEAR FRACTIONAL THREE-POINT BOUNDARY-VALUE PROBLEM (2)
- Circular quantum dots in twisted bilayer graphene (2)
- Edge states in gated bilayer-monolayer graphene ribbons and bilayer domain walls (2)
- Investigation of Self-Fields Effects on Dispersion Relation in a Helical Wiggler with Ion-Channel Guiding (0)
- Isolated and hybrid bilayer graphene rings (0)
- The Impact of Macroeconomic Variables on Stock Prices index : The Case of Tehran Stock Exchange (0)
- Maryam Mirzakhani, quantum teleportation and the Great Red Spot (0)
- Effects of self-fields on dispersion relation in a helical wiggler with ion-channel guiding (0)

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