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The equivalent of the Nobel Prize for mathematics, received for the first time by a woman

The most prestigious award in mathematics was awarded for the first time to a woman, an American of Iranian origin.

 The Fields Medal is considered the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for mathematics.

Maryam Mirzakhani, originally from Tehran, is currently a professor at Stanford University in California, after obtaining her doctorate from Harvard in 2004. Fields Medal is given every four years and the 2014 one will be shared with three other mathematicians, the Frenchman of Brazilian origin, Artur Avila, Manjul Bhargava - American professor at Princeton University and Austrian researcher Martin Hairer.

Maryam Mirzakhani is considered a specialist in unusual forms in geometry, finding new methods of calculating volumes of objects with curved surfaces. She received numerous awards so far, but this one is considered to be the most important.

"It is a great honor and I will be happy if this award will encourage young women scientist and mathematicians," said Maryam Mirzakhani, in a release from the Stanford University website.

So far, mathematics remains a field dominated by men, but, as Maryam said, things could change now that the first step was made.