Maryam Mirzakhani Cause Of Death: How Did The Fields Medalist Die?

Maryam Mirzakhani Cause Of Death: How Did The Fields Medalist Die?

Maryam Mirzakhani Cause Of Death: How Did The Fields Medalist Die?

"It breaks my heart. gone far too soon", her friend, NASA scientist Firouz Naderi, posted on Instagram.

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.

Professor Mirzakhani won the prize in 2014 for her work on geometry and dynamical systems.

Three years later, the Iranian math prodigy died on Saturday of cancer in a USA hospital.

"A light was turned off today".

Born on May 3, 1977, in Tehran, Mirzakhani showed her knack for numbers from an early age, winning back-to-back gold medals in the 1994 and 1995 International Mathematical Olympiads.

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

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Rouhani praised the "unprecedented brilliance of this creative scientist and modest human being, who made Iran's name resonate in the world's scientific forums, (and) was a turning point in showing the great will of Iranian women and young people on the path towards reaching the peaks of various worldwide arenas".

Ali Akbar Salehi, an MIT-educated nuclear physicist who now leads the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, also said, "I offer my condolences over the untimely and heartbreaking demise of her to Iranians, her family, and all scientists worldwide".

In 1999, Mirzakhani earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from the Sharif University of Technology in Tehran.

She is survived by husband Jan Vondrák, a Czech theoretical computer scientist, and their daughter Anahita.

In a tweet, Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator for the Islamic Republic of Iran, also expressed his sorrow over Mirzakhani's death. The award is only given out every four years to between two and four mathematicians under 40.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif paid tribute to her. She then taught at Princeton University before moving to Stanford in 2008.

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