Breakthrough Prize Foundation Creates Award for Women Mathematicians

Breakthrough Prize Foundation Creates Award for Women Mathematicians

The Breakthrough Prize Foundation has announced the creation of a new prize that recognizes the achievements of outstanding female mathematicians.

Named in honor of the late Iranian Fields Medalist and Stanford professor, the Maryam Mirzakhani New Frontiers Prize will provide $50,000 to an early-career woman mathematician who has completed her PhD within the past two years. Mirzakhani, who passed away in 2017 at the age of 40 after battling breast cancer for several years, made groundbreaking contributions to the theory of moduli spaces of Riemann surfaces and was the first woman and first Iranian to receive the most prestigious prize in math.

"We hope that the Maryam Mirzakhani New Frontiers Prize will help inspire young women to pursue their calling for mathematics," said Richard Taylor, chair of the selection committee for the Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. "Recognizing some of the many aspiring women in mathematics is a fitting tribute to the beautiful intellect of Dr. Mirzakhani."