Iranian genius mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani dies aged 40

Maryam Mirzakhani Passes Away

Maryam Mirzakhani Passes Away

Maryam Mirzakhani, the Iranian genius mathematician and the first-ever female victor of the prestigious Fields Medal prize, died of breast cancer at a hospital in USA on Saturday.

According to doctors, her cancer had spread to her bones. "Gone far too soon", he wrote. "But also a daughter, a mother and a wife".

Mirzakhani was also a two-time gold medal victor in the International Mathematical Olympiad, a victor of the 2009 Blumenthal Award for the Advancement of Research in Pure Mathematics and the 2013 Satter Prize of the American Mathematical Society.

"In short, Mirzakhani was fascinated by the geometric and dynamic complexities of curved surfaces - spheres, doughnut shapes and even amoebas", Stanford said in a news release. "I felt that this was something I could do, and I wanted to pursue this path". She is survived by her husband and young daughter.

In a post on Instagram, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif offered his condolences over Mirzakhani's death.

In a tweet, Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator for the Islamic Republic of Iran, also expressed his sorrow over Mirzakhani's death. She won two gold medals at the International Mathematical Olympiad, bringing home the top honors in 1994 and 1995.

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 was the first female recipient since the award's establishment in 1936.

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

Fields Medal for Mathematics, which is nicknamed 'Nobel Prize for Mathematics, ' is awarded every four years to 2-4 mathematicians under 40.

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