News ID: 196797
Published: 0422 GMT July 17, 2017

A street in Tehran to be named after Mirzakhani

A street in Tehran to be named after Mirzakhani
IRNA

Head of Tehran City’s ‘Planning and Study Center’ Babak Negahdari said he had suggested that Tehran Municipality name one of the streets of Tehran or a place there after the late mathematics genius Maryam Mirzakhani.

According to IRNA, he added, “Naming a place or one of the streets of the capital after the late Iranian scientist can help the young generation remember the winner of Fields Medal which is known as the Nobel Prize in mathematics.”

The official said naming one of the streets after Mirzakhani can promote national confidence and encourage the spirit of research among Iranian youth.

Mirzakhani, the first Iranian and also the first woman who won the Fields Medal which is known as the Nobel Prize in mathematics, was a 40-year-old professor of Stanford University when she succumbed to cancer in a US hospital on Saturday.

In 1994, Mirzakhani won a gold medal in the Hong Kong International Mathematical Olympiad, making her the first female Iranian student to receive a gold medal in mathematics.

In the 1995 Toronto International Mathematical Olympiad, she became the first Iranian student to receive a perfect score and win two gold medals.

The late Mirzakhani obtained her BS in mathematics (1999) from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran. She went to the US and received a PhD from Harvard University in 2004.

She was diagnosed with cancer in 2013 — a year before she set the record of the first ever woman to win the prestigious Fields Medal.

   
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