Maryam was dissuaded by her teacher from pursuing her big dream.Photo by Randy Tarampi on Unsplash

If someone had told you that you’re not up to the mark, don’t react instantly.

Show them your worth.

Maryam Mirzakhani did the same.

She bagged the prestigious Fields Medal in 2014, is the first Iranian woman to do so.

When Maryam was in 6th grade, her class teacher caused her dismay.

She was told that her dreams were too big & she wasn’t talented enough to achieve them.

The year was 1988 & a quarter-century later, she received the best recognition of Math.

Fast forward to 1994, she won International Math Olympiad with a score of 41/42.

1995, she made a perfect score, 42/42, winning another gold medal.

Talent & dedication helped her to make to Harvard University for Ph.D. studies.

In 2009, she became a faculty member of Stanford University.

The smart mathematician proved a hypothesis in 2010 collaborating with University of Chicago Prof. Alex Eskin.

That made her a front-runner for the prestigious medal.

Duke mathematician, Prof. Ingrid had sent a note to Maryam with the news of her Fields Medal nomination.

But she ignored thinking it was a joke.

Fun fact? Fields medal is considered more prestigious than a Nobel prize as it’s bestowed once in 4 years.

A Mathematician’s Dream was originally published in ILLUMINATION on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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