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Maryam Mirzakhani, first woman to win mathematics' Fields Medal, dies at 40

16 July 2017, 12:54 | Virginia Benson

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

Iranian math genius Mirzakhani passes away

She was the first woman to win the award since its inception in 1936.

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

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.

The 40-year-old was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, which had spread to her bone marrow.

Stanford University in California - where she had been a professor since 2008 - didn't indicate where she died.

Firouz Naderi, a former Iranian director of Solar Systems Exploration at NASA, had also announced her death in an Instagram post earlier in the day.

He then posted: "A genius? Yes. It breaks my heart... gone far too soon." in an Instagram posting. "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 math".

Stanford said her work involved the geometric and dynamic complexities of curved surfaces such as spheres and doughnut shapes. "Her contributions as both a scholar and a role model are significant and enduring, and she will be dearly missed here at Stanford and around the world". "Mirzakhani was the first Iranian woman elected to the National Academy of Sciences previous year, in recognition of her 'distinguished achievement in original research.' She was in good company: Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell were past honorees". Her questions came in English.

A self-professed "slow" mathematician, Mirzakhani denied herself the easy path, choosing instead to tackle thornier issues.

Mirzakhani was born in Tehran and lived there until she began her doctorate work at Harvard University, later taking a professorship at Stanford University. She liked to read and thought that maybe she would become a writer.

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

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