Maryam Mirzakhani of Stanford University is among the recipients of the Simons Investigators 2013 award in the field of mathematics. The Simons Investigators program provides a stable base of support for outstanding scientists, enabling them to undertake long-term study of fundamental questions.
Maryam Mirzakhani is an Iranian-American mathematician, Professor of Mathematics (since September 1, 2008) at Stanford University. Mirzakhani’s work is focused on Teichmuller theory and dynamics of natural geometric flows over the moduli space of Riemann surfaces. One of her major results, in joint work with Eskin and Mohammadi, is a proof that stationary measures for the action of SL2(R) on the space of flat surfaces are invariant, a deep and long-standing conjecture. Mirzakhani is an alumna of National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents (NODET) Tehran, Iran (Farzanegan highschool).