/ Jana Völker

Celebrating Women in Mathematics

May 12th has been Celebrating Women in Mathematics-Day since 2018 and it is also the birthday of Fields medallist Maryam Mirzakhani.

In 2014 Maryam Mirzakhani was the first and only woman ever to receive a Fields Medal, the highest award in mathematics, for «outstanding contributions to the geometry and dynamics of Riemann surfaces and their modular spaces». In her honour, The National Academy of Sciences Award in Mathematics, was renamed The Maryam Mirzakhani Prize in Mathematics just a few years later.

However, she is not the first and not the only female mathematician who has achieved outstanding performance. Anyone looking for women in mathematics begins a journey through history from late Greek antiquity right to the moon - from Hypatia to Margaret Hamilton - and finds impressive biographies and brilliant research.

May 12th is not only Mirzakhani's birthday but a day to celebrate all women in mathematics and be inspired by them.