Mirzakhani math course to be granted to Iranian mathematicians

Tehran, Aug 12, IRNA -- Late Iranian math elite Maryam Mirzakhani's math course is supposed to be granted to top Iranian mathematicians Head of Iran National Science Foundation (INSF) said.

The ten-year-old course will be given to best mathematician of the country, Nasrollah Zargham made the remarks Saturday in a press conference.

The winner will receive 50 million toman (over 13,000 dollars).

The Iranian winner of Fields Medal, also known as the Nobel Prize of mathematics, and Stanford University professor, Mirzakhani, passed away at 40 in a hospital in the US on Saturday.

In 1994, Mirzakhani won a gold medal in the Hong Kong International Mathematical Olympiad, to be the first female Iranian student to have received a gold medal. In the 1995 Toronto International Mathematical Olympiad, she became the first Iranian student to receive a perfect score and to win two gold medals.

She obtained her BSc in mathematics (1999) from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran. She went to the US and got a PhD from Harvard University in 2004.

Mirzakhani (b. May 3, 1977) was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, a year before she set the record of the first ever woman to win the prestigious Fields Medal in mathematics.

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