Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani, First Woman to Win Fields Medal, Dies Age 40

Math 'genius' Maryam Mirzakhani dies aged 40 Mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani, First Woman to Win Fields Medal, Dies Age 40
Kenny Thornton | 15 July, 2017, 19:57

Almost three years after she became the first woman to win math's equivalent of the Nobel Prize, Maryam Mirzakhani has died of breast cancer at age 40. She was a professor at Stanford University.

Mirzakhani's biggest acclomplishment came in 2014, as she became the first woman to ever win the Fields Medal for her work on complex geometry and dynamical systems.

Mirzakhani had recently been taken to hospital as her health condition worsened due to breast cancer.

The two times gold medal victor in the International Mathematical Olympiad received her Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Iran's Sharif University of Technology in 1999 and earned a PhD degree in mathematics from Harvard University in 2004.

In 2016, she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, adding her to the ranks of Einstein, Oppenheimer and Edison.

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"A light was turned off today".

Mirzakhani is survived by Jan Vondrák her husband who is a Czech theoretical computer scientist and associate professor at Stanford University, and a daughter named Anahita. The award is only given out every four years to between two and four mathematicians under 40.

Separately on Instagram, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Mirzakhani's death is a cause for grief for all Iranians.

Mirzakhani was a professor in the United States at Stanford University's mathematics department, having graduated from Iran's Sharif University of Technology in 1999 and earning her PhD in mathematics from Harvard University in 2004.

Mirzakhani was born in Tehran in 1977 and brought up in the Islamic Republic.

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