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Maryam Mirzakhani, first woman to win Nobel for Mathematics, dies at 40

Maryam Mirzakhani, first woman to win Nobel for Mathematics, dies at 40

Stanford mathematics professor Maryam Mirzakhani, the first and to-date only female victor of the Fields Medal since its inception in 1936, died July 15 after a long battle with cancer.

"A light was turned off today. It breaks my heart [.] gone far too soon", wrote Naderi, a former director of Solar Systems Exploration at NASA.

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

Iranian officials received heavy criticism for not using more recent pictures of Mirzakhani with short, uncovered hair, as she appeared at Fields Medal awarding ceremony.

The mathematician is survived by her husband Jan Vondrák, a Czech theoretical computer scientist and professor at Stanford, along with a daughter, Anahita. "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". She was the first woman to win the award since its inception in 1936. "But most of the time, doing mathematics for me is like being on a long hike with no trail and no end in sight", she remarked.

In a 2008 interview with the Clay Mathematics Institute, Mirzakhani was asked to give advice to younger students.

Firouz Naderi’s post in Instagram in reaction to Mirzakhani’s death
Firouz Naderi’s post in Instagram in reaction to Mirzakhani’s death

Mirzakhani was born in Tehran and lived there until she began her doctorate work at Harvard University, later taking a professorship at Stanford University.

Mirzakhani was lauded for her outstanding contributions to the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces.

Growing up in Iran, she attended an all-girls high school and gained recognition as a teenager in the 1994 and 1995 competitions of the International Mathematical Olympiad.

She won the prize for a 172-page paper on the trajectory of a billiards ball around a polygonal table that has been hailed as a "titanic work" and the "beginning of a new era" in mathematics.

In a message issued on Saturday, President Rouhani said the demise of "the well-known mathematical genius" has caused deep sorrow for him.

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