Maryam Mirzakhani

12 May 1977 (Tehran, Iran) – 14 July 2017 (Stanford, California) Iranian mathematician and professor of mathematics at Stanford University whose research topics included Teichmüller theory, hyperbolic geometry, ergodic theory, and symplectic geometry. In 2005, as a result of her research, she was…

"Of course, the most rewarding part is the ‘Aha’ moment, the excitement of discovery and enjoyment of understanding something new – the feeling of being on top of a hill and having a clear view. But most of the time, doing mathematics for me is like being on a long hike with no trail and no end in sight."