Maryam Mirzakhani, first woman to win Fields Medal, dies aged 40

Iranian math genius Mirzakhani passes away

Professor Mirzakhani was also congratulated by the president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, who said the nation can feel proud that the first woman who has ever won the Fields Medal is their fellow citizen.

Mirzakhani, who was from Iran, died of breast cancer in the United States, a relative told Iran's Mehr News Agency.

Mirzakhani got the Fields Medal for Mathematics in 2014 for her work on complex geometry and dynamical systems.

Mirzakhani was a professor in the U.S. at Stanford University's mathematics department, having graduated from Iran's Sharif University of Technology in 1999 and earning her PhD in mathematics from Harvard University in 2004.

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

"In short, Mirzakhani was fascinated by the geometric and dynamic complexities of curved surfaces - spheres, doughnut shapes and even amoebas". Mirzakhani' friend Firouz Naderi announced her death today on Instagram, and her relatives confirmed the death to the Mehr agency in Iran.

"This is a great honor", she was quoted as saying in 2014.




"The more I spent time on mathematics, the more excited I became", she told The Guardian. Her honors include the 2009 Blumenthal Award for the Advancement of Research in Pure Mathematics and the 2013 Satter Prize of the American Mathematical Society. The disease finally spread to her bone marrow, Iranian media said.

In 2008, when she was 31, she became a full professor of mathematics at Stanford, where she taught until her death. The award is given out every four years.

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

As a professor and scholar, Mirzakhani's pictures helped her write stories with her math.

Mirzakhani died Saturday, Stanford University said. "Things evolve, and then you look back at a character, and it's completely different from your first impression".

Early in her life, Mirzakhani had wanted to be a writer.

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