Maryam Mirzakhani, first woman to win Nobel for Mathematics, dies at 40


In 2014, Mirzakhani was awarded the coveted Fields Medal, also known as the Nobel Prize of mathematics.

Almost three years after she became the first woman to win math's equivalent of the Nobel Prize, Maryam Mirzakhani has died of breast cancer at age 40.

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

The president further expressed condolences to the country's scientific community and the bereaved family of Mirzakhani over her death.

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The 40-year-old reportedly had breast cancer that spread to her bones.

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

After receiving her bachelor's degree in mathematics from the prestigious Sharif University of Technology in 1999, she moved to the United States and earned her a PhD from Harvard University five years later.

"I felt that this was something I could do, and I wanted to pursue this path".

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Last year, she became the first Iranian woman to be elected to the US National Academy of Sciences.

"The news of young Iranian genius and math professor Maryam Mirzakhani's passing has brought a deep pang of sorrow to me and all Iranians who are proud of their eminent and distinguished scientists", Zarif posted in Persian on his Instagram account, reported the Tehran Times.

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.

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

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