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 US on July 14, Tehran Times reports.
She earned a doctoral degree from Harvard University in 2004 and became full professor of mathematics at Stanford at the age of 31.
The 40-year-old died of breast cancer, which had spread to her bones.
In a 2014 interview with the Guardian, she described the excitement and challenge of mathematics.
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Mirzakhani, who worked as a math professor at Stanford from 2008 until her death, won the Fields Medal in 2014, according to the university. She was the first woman to win the award since its inception in 1936.
Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne called Mirzakhani a brilliant theorist "who made enduring contributions and inspired thousands of women to pursue math and science". "It breaks my heart. gone far too soon".
"A light was turned off today", he said in a post. "But also a daughter, a mother and a wife".
In 2014, she became the first woman to receive the Fields Medal, the highest honor in mathematics and equivalent in reputation to a Nobel Prize.
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Mirzakhani studied the complexities of curved surfaces such as spheres, doughnut shapes and hyperbolas.
Mirzakhani is survived by her husband, Jan Vondrák, and a daughter, Anahita.
Separately on Instagram, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Mirzakhani's death is a cause for grief for all Iranians. She went on to win the 2009 Blumenthal Award for the Advancement of Research in Pure Mathematics, and the 2013 Satter Prize of the American Mathematical Society. She then taught at Princeton University before moving to Stanford in 2008. The Fields Medal is awarded every four years on the occasion of the International Congress of Mathematicians to recognize outstanding mathematical achievement for existing work and for the promise of future achievement.
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