Maryam Mirzakhani, First Woman to Win Fields Medal, Dies at 40

Maryam Mirzakhani, First Woman to Win Fields Medal, Dies at 40

Maryam Mirzakhani, First Woman to Win Fields Medal, Dies at 40

Stanford mathematics professor Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to win the Fields Medal, mathematics' leading award, has died of cancer at the age of 40, Stanford News Service said.

"A light was turned off today, it breaks my heart...."

"A genius? Yes. But also a daughter, a mother and a wife", he added in a subsequent post.

Mirzakhani was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, and after fiercely batting this awful disease for four years, she died on July 15, 2017.

Born in 1977, Mirzakhani was raised in post-revolutionary Iran and won two gold medals in the International Mathematical Olympiad as a teenager, according to the BBC.

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. "I will be happy if it encourages young female scientists and mathematicians", she said at the time.

Mirzakhani enjoyed pure mathematics because of its "elegance and longevity", she said.

Mirzakhani, who described herself as a slow mathematician, was drawn to big, hard questions in her field, a trait that made her a revered figure within the mathematics community. She said in interviews that she liked the interdisciplinary connections and implications of her work.

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Mirzakhani was lauded for her outstanding contributions to the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces.

A year later, she became the first Iranian student to achieve a flawless score and win two gold medals at the Olympiad.

"I find it fascinating that you can look at the same problem from different perspectives and approach it using different methods", she said.

She earned her doctorate at Harvard University and taught at Stanford University.

Mirzakhani joined the faculty at Stanford in the San Francisco Bay area in 2008.

The resulting paper, now more than 200 pages in length, was published in 2013.

The president further expressed condolences to the country's scientific community and the bereaved family of Mirzakhani over her death.

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