Dignitaries grieve death of math genius Maryam Mirzakhani

James Marshall
July 15, 2017

"It breaks my heart. gone far too soon", friend Firouz Naderi, a Nasa scientist, also wrote in an Instagram post earlier in the day.

Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to win what is viewed as the Nobel Prize for Mathematics, died on Saturday in USA, after battling with the fatal breast cancer for last four years.

The Fields Medal, nicknamed the "Nobel Prize for Mathematics" is awarded every four years to a handful of mathematicians under age 40.

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

She scored the International Mathematical Olympiad's gold medal twice - in 1994 and 1995.

"It is like being lost in a jungle and trying to use all the knowledge that you can gather to come up with some new tricks, and with some luck you might find a way out", she added.

She was a research fellow at Clay Mathematics Institute from 2004 to 2008 and served as an assistant professor of mathematics at Princeton University.

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

She is survived by husband Jan Vondrák, a Czech theoretical computer scientist, and their daughter Anahita.

"Separately on Instagram, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Mirzakhani's death is a cause for grief for all Iranians". "I will be happy if it encourages young female scientists and mathematicians".

Mirzakhani became known on the global mathematics scene as a teenager, winning gold medals at both the 1994 and 1995 worldwide Math Olympiads - and finished with a ideal score in the latter competition.

After receiving her bachelor's degree in mathematics from the prestigious Sharif University of Technology in 1999, she moved to the United States and earned her a PhD from Harvard University five years later.

She was also the first Iranian to win the prize. She became a professor at Stanford University in 2008.

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