Iranian victor of mathematics Fields Medal dies

Maryam Mirzakhani dead: Iranian math genius and first female Fields Medal winner loses cancer battle

In 2014, she became a household name after becoming the first woman ever to win the Fields Medal, which is widely referred to as the Nobel Prize of mathematics awarded to honor excellence in the field to mathematicians under the age of 40.

From 2004 to 2008 she was a Clay Mathematics Institute Research Fellow and an assistant professor at Princeton University.

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

Mirzakhani is survived by her husband, an associate professor at Stanford University, and daughter Anahita.

Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to receive the Fields Medal for mathematics, has died, according to the BBC.

"Mirzakhani specialized in theoretical mathematics that read like a foreign language by those outside of mathematics: moduli spaces, Teichmüller theory, hyperbolic geometry, Ergodic theory and symplectic geometry".

Mirzakhani was born in Tehran, Iran on May 3, 1977, and she quickly displayed an fantastic talent for math.

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Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne said: "Maryam is gone far too soon, but her impact will live on for the thousands of women she inspired to pursue math and science". "Breaks my heart", former NASA scientist Firouz Naderi said in a tweet. "Maryam was a brilliant mathematical theorist, and also a humble person who accepted honors only with the hope that it might encourage others to follow her path".

Mirzakhani attended an all-girls high school in Tehran and grew up during the Iran-Iraq war.

Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to receive the Fields Medal for mathematics, has died in the United States in Saturday. The award is only given out every four years to between two and four mathematicians under 40.

Mirzakhani joined the faculty at Stanford in the San Francisco Bay area in 2008.

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

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

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