Milestones

Manjul Bhargava: He has set a record by becoming first person of Indian origin to win the Fields Medal, popularly known as the Nobel Prize of Mathematics. The award is given out every four years by the International Mathematical Union (IMU) to mathematicians who are not over 40 for their existing work as well as ‘promise of future achievement’.

Maryam Mirzakhani:  Iranian-born US-based mathematician, she has become first woman to be awarded Fields Medal, mathematics’ equivalent to Nobel Prize.

Joji Chaman: Group Head, Mechanical Design and Production, ISRO Inertial Systems Unit (IISU), Thiruvanathapuram, who started his invention using a humble plastic mug and a Teflon wire, and went on to design a key device—little bigger than a paper pin—that is saving fuel on-board the Mars Orbiter Mission has been honoured with Shri Hari Om Ashram Prerit Dr Vikram Sarabhai Research Award, 2013.

Elizabeth Hawley: Nepal has named a small Himalayan peak near its border with Tibet after her. She is highly respected chronicler of mountain climbing who came to Nepal in 1960, from USA, as a journalist for Time magazine and from her home in Kathmandu she now runs the Himalayan Database, a record of major climbs of mountains in Nepal including Mount Everest. Though the database is unofficial, many climbers respect and use it for climbing-related information.

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