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

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

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

Iran's Mehr News Agency cited one of Mirzakhani's relatives as confirming her death on Saturday.

Christiane Rousseau, vice president of the International Mathematics Union, said at the time: "It's an extraordinary moment".

Mirzakhani had been diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago, a year before she set the record of the first ever woman to win the prestigious Fields Medal, also known as the Nobel Prize of mathematics.

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

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"A light was turned off today".

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

"I felt that this was something I could do, and I wanted to pursue this path".

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.

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In a tweet, Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator for the Islamic Republic of Iran, also expressed his sorrow over Mirzakhani's death.

Rouhani praised the "unprecedented brilliance of this creative scientist and modest human being, who made Iran's name resonate in the world's scientific forums, (and) was a turning point in showing the great will of Iranian women and young people on the path towards reaching the peaks of various global arenas".

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.

She received her BSc in mathematics in 1999 from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran and then went on to earn a PhD from Haravard University in 2004.

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Mirzakhani is survived by her husband Jan Vondrák, a Czechtheoretical computer scientist and applied mathematician who is an associate professor at Stanford University, and a daughter named Anahita.

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