Shankar Vedantam | August 19, 2014 | NPR
Last week Maryam Mirzakhani, a 37-year-old Iranian-born mathematician who works at Stanford University, became the first woman to win the Fields Medal. This is the highest honor in math and it's often called the Nobel Prize of mathematics. There is some surprising new social science research however into what happens to mathematicians who win the Fields Medal.
An analysis by two economists, including Kirk Doran from Notre Dame, finds that winners of the medal, the most significant prize in mathematics, become significantly less productive in their chosen field of study after they win the prize.