Maryam Mirzakhani, first woman to win maths' Fields Medal, dies

Eloi Lecerf
Julho 15, 2017

Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian genius mathematician and the first-ever female victor of the prestigious Fields Medal prize, died at the age of 40 of breast cancer at a hospital in USA on July 14, Tehran Times reports.

Iranian mathematics scholar Maryam Mirzakhani passed away on Saturday after succumbing to her third bout with breast cancer.

Firouz Naderi, a former Iranian director of Solar Systems Exploration at NASA, had also announced her death in an Instagram post earlier in the day.

Mirzakhani fought with cancer for four years and was hospitalized recently as the cancer has spread to her bone marrow.

The two times gold medal victor in the International Mathematical Olympiad, Mirzakhani 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 and became full professor of mathematics at Stanford at the age of 31.

In 2014, Mirzakhani was awarded the coveted Fields Medal, also known as the Nobel Prize of mathematics.

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Prof Mirzakhani was also the first Iranian to receive it.

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

She then earned her bachelor's degree from Iran's prestigious Sharif University of Technology in 1999, and followed up the rest of her education in the United States, where she earned a doctoral degree from Harvard University in 2004 and became full professor of mathematics at Stanford at the age of 31.

Mirzakhani is survived by her husband, Jan Vondrak, and her 6-year-old daughter, Anahita.

"Sad to learn about the passing of Maryam Mirzakhani - the intelligent Iranian daughter, wife, mother, professor. May her eternal soul RIP".

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