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

15 July 2017, 07:17 | Justin Tyler

Maryam Mirzakhani. Credit Stanford University

Maryam Mirzakhani. Credit Stanford University

Award-winning Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani has reportedly passed away due to cancer at a hospital in the United States.

Here's a Harvard lecture by Mirzakahni in November of 2014, just nine months before she was awarded the Fields Medal.

Mirzakhani was hospitalized last week in California and tests showed that cancer had spread to her bone marrow.

"A light was turned off today".

She scored the International Mathematical Olympiad's gold medal twice - in 1994 and 1995.

He said that the death of the young Iranian math genius has caused grief for all Iranians who take pride in their country's prominent scientific figures.

The award recognized her sophisticated and highly original contributions to the fields of geometry and dynamical systems, particularly in understanding the symmetry of curved surfaces such as spheres. "I felt that this was something I could do, and I wanted to pursue this path", she said after receiving the Fields Medal.

She was a research fellow at Clay Mathematics Institute from 2004 to 2008 and served as an assistant professor of mathematics at Princeton University.


"I do offer my heartfelt condolences upon the passing of this lady scientist to all Iranians worldwide, her grieving family and the scientific community", he added.

She is survived by husband Jan Vondrák, a Czech theoretical computer scientist, and their 6-year-old daughter Anahita.

"Sad to learn about the passing of Maryam Mirzakhani - the intelligent Iranian daughter, wife, mother, professor".

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif paid tribute to her.

In 1999, Mirzakhani earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from the Sharif University of Technology in Tehran.

The Fields Medal, which she won in 2014, is given out every four years, often to multiple winners aged 40 or younger.

She was also the first Iranian to win the prize.

Stanford University has not responded to a request for comment from Newsweek.



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