Her life, cut short by cancer, should serve as an inspiration to us all.
If someone can:
- overcome the political instability and gender politics of Iran to become a high school student capable of earning top marks at the International Mathematical Olympiad...
- …and earn a spot at Harvard for a doctorate…
- …and study PhD-level math while “asking questions in English [and jotting] her notes in Farsi…”
in order to become one of the most outstanding mathematicians our world has ever seen, then think about the things of which you are capable.
Go out there and be brilliant. Have the “fearless ambition” Mirzakhani was described to possess. Be driven in the pursuit of greatness. Don’t become great for the accolades, but become great to move society forward. Keep getting better. Inspire others. Dedicate yourself to doing incredible things. Have an impact.
We don’t know how much time we have — Mirzakhani is proof of that — but we have this moment.
Let’s get to work.