Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Iranian genius mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani dies aged 40

Iranian genius mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani dies aged 40

Mirzakhani was hospitalized last week in California and tests showed that cancer had spread to her bone marrow.

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. The distinguished prize, often nicknamed as the "Nobel Prize for Mathematics", is only awarded every four years to between two and four mathematicians under 40. "It breaks my heart. gone far too soon", friend Firouz Naderi, a Nasa scientist, also wrote in an Instagram post earlier in the day.

"A light was turned off today".

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A year later, she became the first Iranian student to achieve a ideal score and win two gold medals at the Olympiad.

Iranian mathematics scholar Maryam Mirzakhani passed away on Saturday after succumbing to her third bout with breast cancer.

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

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From 2004 to 2008 she was a Clay Mathematics Institute Research Fellow and an assistant professor at Princeton University. "I will be happy if it encourages young female scientists and mathematicians". The Stanford University math professor was the first woman to ever win the prestigious Fields Medal, and we've got the latest report on the sad news.

Mirzakhani was born in Tehran, Iran, and she lived in that country before coming to the U.S.to attend graduate school at Harvard University.

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

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif paid tribute to her.

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