# Fields Medal: Maryam Mirzakhani Only Woman to Win Fields Medal (Download PDF)

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Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian mathematician- only woman win a Fields Medal-most prestigious honor in mathematics, died Saturday causing big loss to the mathematical community worldwide.

- Dr. Mirzakhani worked on dynamics and geometry
- Dr. Mirzakhani examined billiards tables of more complicated shapes considering dynamics of balls bouncing around all possible tables that fit a certain criteria.

## About Fields Medal

- Established in 1936
- Name in honour of Canadian mathematician John Charles Fields.
- Described as the Nobel Prize of mathematics.
- Medal was first awarded in 1936 to Finnish mathematician Lars Ahlfors and American mathematician Jesse Douglas
- Unlike Nobel Prize the Field Prize bestowed only to people 40 or younger
- Honors accomplishments and predicts future mathematical triumphs.
- Field awarded every four years, with up to four mathematicians

## Abel Prize in Mathematics

- Norwegian prize awarded annually by the Government of Norway to one or more outstanding mathematicians
- Named after Norwegian mathematician Niels Henrik Abel
- The award was established in 2001 to complement the Nobel Prize and the Holberg Prize in the humanities
- The Fields Medal and the Abel Prize described as the mathematician’s “Nobel Prize”
- Fields Medal differs from the Abel in view of the age restriction and frequency.

- Published/Last Modified on: August 1, 2017

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