Iranian Lady – Aspirations & Advancement (8)
Welcome to the 8th episode of our interesting 10-part series titled “Iranian Lady – Aspirations and Advancement”, which we are presenting you every day on the occasion of the “Ten Days of Beneficence” that is celebrated in Islamic Iran every year to mark the first ten days of the month of Zil-Qa’dah, beginning with the birth anniversary of our Blessed Lady of Qom, Hazrat Fatema Ma’souma (Peace upon her) and ending with the auspicious birthday of her illustrious elder brother, Imam Reza (AS).
For your information the birthday of this virtuous lady is celebrated in Iran as “Daughter’s Day” to inspire Iranian women to greater heights.
God’s goal of sending Prophets and Divine Books is to save mankind from darkness of ignorance and self-destruction by guiding them towards the light of knowledge in the world and salvation in afterlife. Thus, it is incumbent upon Muslims, whether male or female, to acquire knowledge. Prophet Mohammad (blessings of God upon him and his progeny) has said in clear words: “Seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave.” He has also said: “I am the City of Knowledge and Ali is its Gateway,”
In obedience to the instructions of the Prophet and the Imams of his Immaculate Ahl al-Bayt, Iranian men and women have been able to master various branches of sciences.
One such Iranian lady is Maryam Mirza-Khani who graduated from Sharif University in Tehran. She won gold medal from at the National Mathematics Olympiad, followed by gold medals in the Hong Kong International Math Olympiad in 1994 and in the International Mathematical Olympiad in Canada the following year.
Mirza-Khani travelled to the US for higher studies and in 2004 received her Ph.D. from Harvard University. She was nominated as one of the ten young minds in 2005 by the Popular Science Journal in the US. She then taught at Princeton University and later became professor of mathematics at Stanford University.
In 2014, Mirza-Khani won Fields Medal which is the highest academic degree of mathematics and is awarded every 4 years to selected scientists under 40 years of age in the US. She was the first Iranian to win this prize.
She was among the world's greatest mathematicians and undoubtedly her works in mathematics will be used for many years and discussed by the world's scientific math. Along with scientific advances, ethical issues, simplicity and modesty made her a good lady. She loved her country and during the years of her stay in the US, she traveled to Iran many times and she made Iranian mathematicians benefit from her research. However, the world of mathematics and the scientific community of the world experienced a great sadness with her sudden death.