Interesting People - Maryam Mirzakhani

Mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani is the first woman to be awarded what is considered the most prestigious prize in math, the Fields medal.

(Ms Mirzakhani has been a professor at Stanford University since 2008, but she is also the first person to win this medal from the Middle East, as she was born and raised in Iran.

The Fields medal is considered to be the Nobel Prize for maths, because strangely there is no Nobel for mathematics.

All 52 previous winners of the award were men.)