Iranian math genius Mirzakhani passes away

Iranian math genius Mirzakhani passes away

Maryam Mirzakhani dead: Iranian math genius and first female Fields Medal winner loses cancer battle

"It breaks my heart. gone far too soon", wrote Naderi, a former director of Solar Systems Exploration at NASA.

Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian genius mathematician and the first-ever female victor of the prestigious Fields Medal prize, died at the age of 40 of breast cancer at a hospital in USA on July 14, Tehran Times reports.

Mirzakhani, a professor at Stanford University in California, died after the cancer she had been battling for four years spread to her bone marrow, Iranian media said.

Mirzakhani was born in Tehran, Iran on May 3, 1977, and she quickly displayed an awesome talent for math.

He said that the death of the young Iranian math genius has caused grief for all Iranians who take pride in their country's prominent scientific figures.

Her work has inspired many mathematicians, as she contributed to the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces, according to the International Mathematical Union.

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". She is survived by her husband Jan Vondrák and their daughter Anahita.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif paid tribute to her.

"I do offer my heartfelt condolences upon the passing of this lady scientist to all Iranians worldwide, her grieving family and the scientific community", Zarif added.

She earned her doctorate at Harvard University and taught at Stanford University.

The Fields Medal, which she won in 2014, is given out every four years, often to multiple winners aged 40 or younger.

In a tweet, Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator for the Islamic Republic of Iran, also expressed his sorrow over Mirzakhani's death.

Stanford University has not responded to a request for comment from Newsweek.

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