First Woman Field’s Medal Winner

For the first time in history, a woman has received the highest honor in mathematics, often nicknamed the Nobel Prize of mathematics.

Since it was established in 1936, the Fields Medal had gone only to men, until Wednesday, when Maryam Mirzakhani received it in Seoul, South Korea, from the International Mathematical Union.

“It is fun — it’s like solving a puzzle or connecting the dots in a detective case”
- Maryam Mirzakhani


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