What is the Fields Medal?
The Fields Medal, often described as the “Nobel Prize of Mathematics,” is regarded as the most prestigious award in the field of mathematics.
Maryam Mirzakhani who was the first and only woman to ever win the prestigious Fields medal in mathematics, passed away this month at age 40. Her story is an inspiration to any girl wanting to explore the STEM fields.
|Dr. Maryam Mirzakhani, courtesy of Stanford University|
Mirzakhani originally dreamed of becoming a writer but then shifted to mathematics, her passion and gift for mathematics eventually won out.
“It is fun — it’s like solving a puzzle or connecting the dots in a detective case,” Mirzakhani said when she won the prestigious Fields Medal in 2014. “I felt that this was something I could do, and I wanted to pursue this path.”
Dr. Mirzakhani was also the first Iranian woman elected to the National Academy of Sciences last year, in recognition of her ‘distinguished achievement in original research.’ Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell were past honorees.
GSCCC is spearheading new STEM programs for girls across our six counties, so please stay tuned for more information coming up this week on how you can get involved with all things STEM, whether you want to learn coding, robotics or cyber security, the sky is the limit!