Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani speaks during a news conference after the awards ceremony at the International Congress of Mathematicians 2014, in Seoul August 13, 2014. REUTERS/Song Eun-seok/News1
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An Iranian-born mathematician has become the first woman to win a prestigious Fields Medal, widely viewed as the Nobel Prize of mathematics.The Fields Medal is given out every four years, often to multiple winners who should not be aged over 40 .With no Nobel prize awarded for mathematics, the Fields Medal is seen as the top global award for the discipline.Mirzakhani became known on the international mathematics scene as a teenager, winning gold medals at both the 1994 and 1995 International Math Olympiads – finishing with a perfect score in the latter competition.
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