Acclaimed Stanford Mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani Dies At 40

Iranian Math Genius Mirzakhani Dies of Cancer

Stanford mathematics professor Maryam Mirzakhani, the first and to-date only female victor of the Fields Medal since its inception in 1936, died July 15 after a long battle with cancer.

Echoing similar view, Mirzakhani's friend from NASA, Firouz Naderi, said, "A light was turned off today".

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

Mirzakhani was born in Tehran in 1977 and brought up in the Islamic Republic.

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

Professor Maryam Mirzakhani on Stanford's campus.

The International Mathematical Union established the award in 1936 and has presented it to at least two people every four years since 1950.

Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to receive the Fields Medal for mathematics, has died in the U.S. in Saturday.

Firouz Naderi’s post in Instagram in reaction to Mirzakhani’s death
Firouz Naderi’s post in Instagram in reaction to Mirzakhani’s death

"Maryam is gone far too soon, but her impact will live on for the thousands of women she inspired to pursue math and science", Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne said in a statement.

Mirzakhani got her undergraduate degree at Sharif University of Technology, then moved to the United States, where she went to work on her doctorate at Harvard University.

An Iranian origin, Mirzakhani was bestowed with this award in 2014 for her work on complex geometry and dynamical systems.

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

At the time she was praised for the "stunning advances" she had made in some of the most complicated areas of the mathematics. In 1994, she earned a gold medal.

In a 2008 interview with the Clay Mathematics Institute, Mirzakhani was asked to give advice to younger students. The school didn't indicate where she died.

She was survived by her husband Jan Vondrák, a Czech theoretical computer scientist and her colleague at Stanford University and a daughter named Anahita.

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