13 May 2019 - 15:53
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Majlis adopts law enabling Mirzakhani's wish come true

Tehran, May 13, IRNA – The Iran parliament (Majlis) on Monday adopted landmark legislation enabling wish of Iranian-born Stanford University professor Maryam Mirzakhani of her daughter come true.

The Iranian winner of Fields Medal, also known as the Nobel Prize of mathematics, and Stanford University professor, Mirzakhani, passed away at 40 in a hospital in the US on July 14, 2017.

Before her death, the late Iranian scholar wished for her little girl to take Iranian citizenship.

Today, simultaneous with Mirzakhani's birthday, Majlis took a huge stride to elevate women's rights in Iran.

According to the executive procedure, mothers of such children can apply for citizenship on behalf of their minor children.

Note 1: If the children are above 18 years of age, they can personally apply for Iranian citizenship provided that they do not have a security record be determined by the Minister of Intelligence in a maximum three months.

Note 2: If the father or mother is deceased or out of reach and if the consanguinity of the applicant is questioned, a qualified court of law will make the decision.

The bill also obligates the police to issue the permit for the non-Iranian fathers' residence in Iran.

It is worth noting that the Women’s Committee of the Iranian Mathematical Society proposed designating Maryam Mirzakhani’s birthday (May 12) as a day for celebrating women in mathematics.”

In 1994, Mirzakhani won a gold medal in the Hong Kong International Mathematical Olympiad, to be the first female Iranian student to have received a gold medal. In the 1995 Toronto International Mathematical Olympiad, she became the first Iranian student to receive a perfect score and to win two gold medals.

She obtained her BSc in mathematics (1999) from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran. She went to the US and got a PhD from Harvard University in 2004.

Mirzakhani (b. May 3, 1977) was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, a year before she set the record of the first ever woman to win the prestigious Fields Medal in mathematics.


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