The Fields Medal was the will of a Canadian born, research mathematician of the University of Toronto, by the name of John Charles Fields. The medal is to be given to those Mathematicians under 40 years of age and who have had an exceptional achievement under his/her belt. In 1932 the idea was adopted by the International Congress of Mathematicians in Zurich, Switzerland.

The first Fields Medals were given to:

- Lars Valerian Ahlfors (a Finnish Mathematician) of Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA.
- Jesse Douglas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA.

**Date:**

1932

**Name(s):**

John Charles Fields

**Occupation:**

Mathematician

**Location:**

Canada

**For More Information:**

- Fields Medal – Wikipedia

The Fields Medal is a prize awarded to two, three, or four mathematicians under 40 years of age at the International Congress of the International Mathematical Union (IMU), a meeting that takes place every four years. - Fields Medal – International Mathematical Union

The Fields Medal is awarded every four years on the occasion of the International Congress of Mathematicians to recognize outstanding mathematical achievement for existing work and for the promise of future achievement. - Fields Medal – from Wolfram MathWorld

The Fields Medals are commonly regarded as mathematics’ closest analog to the Nobel Prize (which does not exist in mathematics), and are awarded every four years by the International Mathematical Union to one or more outstanding researchers. - First female winner for Fields maths medal – BBC News

An Iranian mathematician working in the US has become the first ever female winner of the celebrated Fields Medal. In a landmark hailed as “long overdue”, Prof Maryam Mirzakhani was recognised for her work on complex geometry.