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Stanford professor wins highest award in mathematics

Original post made on Aug 13, 2014

A Stanford University professor today became the first woman to win the highest honor in mathematics. Maryam Mirzakhani was one of four mathematicians awarded the 2014 Fields Medal at a meeting of the International Mathematics Union in Seoul, South Korea.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 9:46 AM

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Posted by member
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Aug 13, 2014 at 10:26 am

Congratulations! A brilliant mind.


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Posted by steveb
a resident of South of Midtown
on Aug 13, 2014 at 10:31 am

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Awesome.


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Posted by Science nerd Mom
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 13, 2014 at 10:57 am

Congratulations on the honor. Thanks for proving again that women and girls can do math!


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Posted by JA3+
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 13, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Congratulations! Here's to much future success at the Stanford's Department of Mathematics!


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Posted by Nora Charles
a resident of Stanford
on Aug 13, 2014 at 3:08 pm

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Congratulations! I often feel awestruck to be surrounded by such brilliant minds.


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Posted by Daniel
a resident of Community Center
on Aug 13, 2014 at 3:54 pm

Mathematics transcends gender. Congratulations for the great achievements and for bringing honor to Stanford!


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Posted by Yippeeeee
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 13, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Hurray! So glad to see an AMERICAN woman win this honor!


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 13, 2014 at 6:24 pm

Uh... mathematics transcends nationality.


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Posted by Rupert of henzau
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 13, 2014 at 6:40 pm

Yippeeeeee- hate to burst your bubble, but she is Iranian:
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But that should not matter. My husband, who is an economist, says that this quite the honor. My DIL is studying to be a mathematician. Maybe someday she will win the prize


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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 13, 2014 at 6:49 pm

Paul J. Cohen won the Fields Prize in 1966 for work he did on the continuum hypothesis in 1963 while living in Palo Alto, on Princeton Street in College Terrace (actually quite close to where Zuckerberg founded Facebook years later). Cohen's three sons, Steve, Eric and Charles attended Gunn High and were stalwarts in academics, student government, sports, The Gunn Oracle and drama, as a set, individually and collectively, sometimes twinned.

Let's hope the Mirzakhani family can continue to stay in Palo Alto and contribute to community life, and not be displaced by gentrification or forced to "sell-out".

Kudos.

I'm looking forward to either a graphic novel version of her work or a Hollywood pic with, if not Russell Crowe, Matt Damon or Robin Williams than at least Rachel Weisz or Hilary Swank. Anybody? (speaking of topology....)



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Posted by Dagwood
a resident of Menlo Park
on Aug 13, 2014 at 6:58 pm

Paul Cohen had proved the independence of Cantor's continuum hypothesis. Epic. Congratulations to ProfessorMirzakhani on her award but more for her dedication to great mathematics.


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Posted by Wondering?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 13, 2014 at 7:12 pm

Does anyone know how the Fields Medal is awarded? Is there a nominating committee, or do people nominate themselves? Once a list of candidates has been determined, what criteria would the committee use in making the award?


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Posted by Rupert of henzau
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 13, 2014 at 7:14 pm

Wonderimg:
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Posted by resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 13, 2014 at 10:33 pm

Paul Cohen later moved to a home which was on the PAST Historic House Holiday Tour one year. I met him a couple times and knew he was in the
Math Dept at Stanford, we talked, but I did not know of his accomplishments until later, he was so unassuming.


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Posted by Yippeeeee!
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 14, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Hey, she works for an AMERICAN school, that is what matters. She is HERE, and she won honors.

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Posted by Rupert of Henzau
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 14, 2014 at 12:49 pm

"Hey, she works for an AMERICAN school, that is what matters. She is HERE, and she won honors."
That is not what you were cheering about earlier. But why does it matter what her nationality is and where her school is?

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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 14, 2014 at 12:55 pm

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Posted by Memories
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 14, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Mark Weiss - you know that Robin Williams is dead, right?


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Posted by 'Taint funny
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 14, 2014 at 2:03 pm

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a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 14, 2014 at 2:40 pm

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a resident of Mountain View
on Aug 14, 2014 at 4:12 pm

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Posted by Sea-Seelam Reddy
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 14, 2014 at 10:53 pm

Congratulations!

You are outstanding!

Respectfully


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