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Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani speaks Wednesday during a news conference after the awards ceremony at the International Congress of Mathematicians 2014 in Seoul. There, Mirzakhani became the first woman to be awarded the Fields Medal, mathematics’ equivalent to the Nobel Prize. Reuters

Hot topic: Iranian Stanford professor becomes first woman to win top math prize

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SEOUL – Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani on Wednesday became the first woman to be awarded the Fields Medal, mathematics’ equivalent to the Nobel Prize.

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