A new award was just founded in honor of the late Mariam Mirzahani, a brilliant Iranian mathematician who died of breast cancer in 2017. The $ 50,000 prize will go to outstanding young mathematicians not more than two years after receiving his doctorate.
"We hope the Mary Mirzahani Award for New Frontiers will help inspiring young women fulfill their math calls ," said Richard Taylor, chair of the Mathematics Breakthrough Selection Committee, awards the money. "Recognizing some of the many aspiring women in mathematics is a fitting tribute to Dr. Mirzahani's beautiful intellect."
Mirzahani was only 40 when she died, just three years after winning one of the most prestigious awards in maths, Fields Medal, Mirzahani was the only woman to ever win the prize given to mathematicians under the age of 40. Mirzahani's close associate, mathematician Alex Eskin of the University of Chicago, won a $ 3 million breakthrough award this year for the job he was doing in connection with Mirzahani. The couple developed a theorem to explain some of the characteristics of a geometric concept called module space. Mirzahani was also well known for her work in understanding the geometry of spheres, donuts and other curved, three-dimensional shapes, according to Stanford University where she was a professor.
Mirzahani was born in Tehran and in high school became the first woman to ever compete in the Iranian International Mathematical Olympiad Team, according to her obituary at Stanford University . She won gold medals in this competition in 1
Cash prizes of $ 50,000 can be split between two or more individual mathematicians. Details on the eligibility of Maryam Mirzakhani's New Frontier Prize will be found on the Breakthrough Prize website .
Originally published on by Live Science .