Iranian math scientist Maryam Mirzakhani has received the 2014 Clay Research Award given by the Clay Mathematics Institute (CMI).
The Boston area based CMI announced that Professor of Mathematics at Stanford University is recognised for her many and significant contributions to geometry and ergodic theory, in particular to the proof of an analogue of Ratner’s theorem on unipotent flows for moduli of flat surfaces.
The Clay Research Award is an annual award given by the Clay Mathematics Institute to mathematicians to recognize their achievement in mathematical research.
Mirzakhani already has won many awards including 2013 AMS Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize in Mathematics, AMS Blumenthal Award 2009 and 2005 Blumenthal Award.
Born in 1977 in Tehran, Mirzakhani grew up in the Iranian capital and acquired her bachelor in mathematics from the country’s prestigious university, Sharif University of Technology, in 1999, while later she received her master and PhD degrees from Harvard University in the U.S.
She is the most successful ever Iranian participant in the Olympiad.
Mirzakhani is the only survivor of the tragic accident during which a bus carrying mathematical elite of Sharif University of Technology skidded off the road and crashed into a ravine in March 1998.