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Condolences Pour in for Iranian Math Genius Mirzakhani

Condolences Pour in for Iranian Math Genius Mirzakhani

The 40-year-old, who used to teach at Stanford University, was also the first Iranian woman to be elected to the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in May 2016 in recognition of her "distinguished and continuing achievement in original research".

Professor Maryam Mirzakhani was the recipient of the 2014 Fields Medal, the top honor in mathematics. In 2008, at 31, she became a professor at Stanford.

Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to receive the Fields Medal for mathematics, has died in the USA in Saturday.

Before her death from breast cancer which had spread to her bones, Mirzakhani was a professor at Stanford University, has worked at Princeton before securing a professorship at Stanford in 2008. "It breaks my heart. gone far too soon", her friend, NASA scientist Firouz Naderi, posted on Instagram.

Stanford said her work involved the geometric and dynamic complexities of curved surfaces such as spheres and doughnut shapes. "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".

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A year later, she became the first Iranian student to achieve a ideal score and win two gold medals at the Olympiad. She left Iran to pursue her post-graduate degree in the United States, earning a PhD from Harvard in 2004.

In recent years, she collaborated with Alex Eskin at the University of Chicago to take on another of the most-vexing problems in the field: the trajectory of a billiards ball around a polygonal table.

As a professor and scholar, Mirzakhani's pictures helped her write stories with her math. Her questions came in English. Her young daughter described her mother at work as "painting".

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.

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

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