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Iranian victor of mathematics Fields Medal dies

Iranian victor of mathematics Fields Medal dies”

Groundbreaking Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani, who became the first woman to receive the coveted Fields Medal, has died following a battle with breast cancer. She had extensively contributed to the theory of moduli spaces of Riemann surfaces.

Mirzakhani was a professor in the United States at Stanford University's mathematics department, having graduated from Iran's Sharif University of Technology in 1999 and earning her PhD in mathematics from Harvard University in 2004. "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. It breaks my heart...gone far too soon".

Echoing similar view, Mirzakhani's friend from NASA, Firouz Naderi, said, "A light was turned off today".

Zahra Ahmadipour, the head of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization (ICHTO), referred to Mirzakhani as a spiritual heritage of the Iranian nation and a genius who solved the "equation of life", rushing to meet her Creator.

Her honors also include the 2009 Blumenthal Award for the Advancement of Research in Pure Mathematics and the 2013 Satter Prize of the American Mathematical Society.

Mirzakhani joined the faculty of Stanford University in 2008, where she served as a professor of mathematics until her death.

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"It's like being lost in a jungle and trying to use all the knowledge that you can gather to come up with some new tricks, and with some luck you might find a way out", she added.

In a 2014 interview with the Guardian, she described the excitement and challenge of mathematics.

In 2014, she told Quanta Magazine, a science publication, that she thought about mathematics in pictures, doodling her ideas on giant sheets of paper scattered across her office.

As a professor and scholar, Mirzakhani's pictures helped her write stories with her math.

"There are different characters, and you are getting to know them better", she said.

Professor Mirzakhani and her husband, Czech scientist Jan Vondrak, had one daughter.



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