Maryam Mirzakhani was awesome. Her work is far beyond my comparatively meager math skills. She was the first woman and first Iranian to win the Fields medal which made me so happy at so many levels.
She died last year of breast cancer at age 40 which is a tragedy.
She moved the needle a bit for women in Iran. Her mathematical success made her a star for Iran. When she died newspapers ran pictures of her with her hair uncovered. That was a thing and how broken a world do we live in where that still is a thing?
So her math is way beyond me and not relevant to my work (as far as I can tell) but I do feel a connection via our shared heritage and the good that came from her success. And I’m so glad a woman finally got a Fields medal (come on, guys!).
More Maryam Mirzakhanis, please!