Stanford Takes on Iranian Mathematician

Saturday, July 26, 2008

A Tehran Sharif University graduate in mathematics, Maryam Mirzakhani, has been taken as a Professor of Mathematics at Stanford University.

Mirzakhani is currently a Clay Mathematics Institute Research Fellow and an assistant professor at Princeton University.

The Iranian mathematician, who earned her B.Sc. in Mathematics (1999) from Sharif University of Technology and her Ph.D. from Harvard University (2004), has received gold medals from the International Mathematical Olympiad in Hong Kong (1994) and in Canada (1995).

Maryam Mirzakhani has several honors including Harvard Junior and Merit fellowships (2003) and IPM fellowship from the Iranian Institute for theoretical Physics and Mathematics (1995-1999).

She was also praised as the first 10 brains in North America by “Popular Science” in a ceremony called “PopSci's Fourth Annual Brilliant 10”.

According to USA Today, the 10 include young researchers and elites whose innovations “are bringing us robot cars, new cures and vaccines, the fastest-ever computer animations, and much, much more.”

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