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Iranian

Mathematician
May 12
, 1977 
July 14
, 2017
The beauty of mathematics only shows itself to more patient followers.
Maryam Mirzakhani
Beauty
Mathematics
Patient
More
You have to spend some energy and effort to see the beauty of math.
Maryam Mirzakhani
Beauty
You
Effort
Energy
I don't have any particular recipe. It is the reason why doing research is challenging as well as attractive. It is like being lost in a jungle and trying to use all the knowledge that you can gather to come up with some new tricks, and with some luck, you might find a way out.
Maryam Mirzakhani
Knowledge
You
Research
Luck
I can see that, without being excited, mathematics can look pointless and cold.
Maryam Mirzakhani
Mathematics
Look
I Can
See
I don't think that everyone should become a mathematician, but I do believe that many students don't give mathematics a real chance.
Maryam Mirzakhani
Mathematics
Believe
Chance
Think
I grew up in a family with three siblings. My parents were always very supportive and encouraging. It was important for them that we have meaningful and satisfying professions, but they didn't care as much about success and achievement.
Maryam Mirzakhani
Success
Family
Achievement
Parents
I find it fascinating that you can look at the same problem from different perspectives and approach it using different methods.
Maryam Mirzakhani
You
Look
Problem
Find
I like crossing the imaginary boundaries people set up between different fields  it's very refreshing.
Maryam Mirzakhani
People
Refreshing
Like
Boundaries
I don't get easily disappointed.
Maryam Mirzakhani
Disappointed
Get
Easily
When I entered Harvard, my background was mostly combinatorics and algebra.
Maryam Mirzakhani
Background
Harvard
Algebra
Mostly
I don't give up easily.
Maryam Mirzakhani
Up
Give
Easily
Most problems I work on are related to geometric structures on surfaces and their deformations.
Maryam Mirzakhani
Work
Problems
Related
Most
I find discussing mathematics with colleagues of different backgrounds one of the most productive ways of making progress.
Maryam Mirzakhani
Mathematics
Colleagues
Progress
Find
I did poorly in math for a couple of years in middle school; I was just not interested in thinking about it.
Maryam Mirzakhani
Thinking
School
Not Interested
Years
My older brother was the person who got me interested in science in general. He used to tell me what he learned in school. My first memory of mathematics is probably the time that he told me about the problem of adding numbers from 1 to 100.
Maryam Mirzakhani
Me
Science
Mathematics
Time
As a graduate student at Harvard, I had to explain quite a few times that I was allowed to attend a university as a woman in Iran.
Maryam Mirzakhani
Woman
Student
University
Explain
In particular, I am interested in understanding hyperbolic surfaces.
Maryam Mirzakhani
I Am
Understanding
Interested
Am
Sometimes, properties of a fixed hyperbolic surface can be better understood by studying the moduli space that parameterises all hyperbolic structures on a given topological surface.
Maryam Mirzakhani
Space
Sometimes
Better
Studying
As a kid, I dreamt of becoming a writer. My most exciting pastime was reading novels; in fact, I would read anything I could find.
Maryam Mirzakhani
Reading
Find
Kid
Anything
I'm quite confident, in some sense.
Maryam Mirzakhani
Confident
Some
Sense
Quite
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