Published: Sun, July 16, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Maryam Mirzakhani, first woman to win Nobel for Mathematics, dies at 40

Maryam Mirzakhani, first woman to win Nobel for Mathematics, dies at 40

Professor Maryam Mirzakhani was the recipient of the 2014 Fields Medal, the top honor in mathematics.

Mirzakhani fought breast cancer for the last four years of her life, which eventually spread to her bone marrow.

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.

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

Mirzakhani won the Fields Medal- equivalent of the Nobel Prize for Mathematics for those under 40 - awarded by the International Congress of Mathematicians - in 2014.

She later graduated from Sharif University in Tehran and then headed to Harvard University in MA, to obtain her doctorate in mathematics.

The award recognized her sophisticated and highly original contributions to the fields of geometry and dynamical systems, particularly in understanding the symmetry of curved surfaces such as spheres. "It breaks my heart... gone far too soon." in an Instagram posting.

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"On behalf of the entire Stanford community, I congratulate Maryam on this incredible recognition, the highest honor in her discipline, the first ever granted to a woman", said Hennessy.

Mirzakhani said mathematics made her feel like a detective.

The Fields Medal is awarded every four years to between two and four mathematicians under the age of 40. In an interview, she once said, "Doing mathematics for me is like being on a long hike with no trail and no end in sight".

The paper she completed based on that exercise was published in 2013.

As a professor and scholar, Mirzakhani's pictures helped her write stories with her math. "Things evolve, and then you look back at a character, and it's completely different from your first impression".

After her doctorate at Harvard, Mirzakhani accepted a position as assistant professor at Princeton University and as a research fellow at the Clay Mathematics Institute.

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