Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

President Rouhani Expresses Sorrow over Demise of Iranian Mathematician

President Rouhani Expresses Sorrow over Demise of Iranian Mathematician

Mirzakhani fought with cancer for four years and was hospitalized recently as the cancer has spread to her bone marrow.

Mirzakhani's biggest acclomplishment came in 2014, as she became the first woman to ever win the Fields Medal for her work on complex geometry and dynamical systems.

"In short, Mirzakhani was fascinated by the geometric and dynamic complexities of curved surfaces - spheres, doughnut shapes and even amoebas".

Mirzakhani' friend Firouz Naderi announced her death on Saturday on Instagram, and her relatives confirmed the death to the Mehr agency in Iran.

"A light was turned off today. far too soon". "Sad to learn about the passing of #MaryamMirzakhani - the intelligent #Iranian daughter, wife, mother, professor".

The 40-year-old mathematician, a professor at Stanford University, was the first Iranian woman elected to the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in May 2016, in recognition of her "distinguished and continuing achievement in original research". "I felt that this was something I could do, and I wanted to pursue this path", she said after receiving the Fields Medal.

She is survived by husband Jan Vondrák, a Czech theoretical computer scientist, and their daughter Anahita. Still others, praised the fearless move as it re-opened a discussion regarding the limitations on women which still exist in Iran.

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

Separately on Instagram, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Mirzakhani's death is a cause for grief for all Iranians. She won two gold medals at the International Mathematical Olympiad, bringing home the top honors in 1994 and 1995.

She received her BSc in mathematics in 1999 from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran and then went on to earn a PhD from Haravard University in 2004.

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