Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian- born mathematician who was the first woman to win the coveted Fields Medal, has died in a United States hospital after a battle with cancer.
Her educational qualifications boasted of a PhD at the Harvard University in 2004, and later a professorship at Stanford.
Mirzakhani is survived by her husband and daughter.
Professor Maryam Mirzakhani, the recipient of the 2014 Fields Medal, the top honor in mathematics.
"I will be happy if it encourages young female scientists and mathematicians", Mirzakhani said at the time.
Mirzakhani was born in Tehran in 1977, and was twice awarded the International Mathematical Olympiad's gold medal in her youth.
The internationally renowned mathematician was diagnosed with cancer four years ago, a year before she won the award.
Firouz Naderi’s post in Instagram in reaction to Mirzakhani’s death
"It breaks my heart... gone far too soon", she wrote.
Her friend Firouz Michael Naderi, an Iranian-American NASA scientist, said on Instagram, "A light was turned off today. Also, everyone has a different style, and something that works for one person might not be so great for others", she said.
Mirzakhani attended an all-girls high school in Tehran and grew up during the Iran-Iraq war.
According to doctors, her cancer had spread to her bones. The Fields Medal is awarded every four years on the occasion of the International Congress of Mathematicians to recognize outstanding mathematical achievement for existing work and for the promise of future achievement. "Her contributions as both a scholar and a role model are significant and enduring, and she will be dearly missed here at Stanford and around the world".
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.
When she won in 2014, the IMU called Mirzakhani's accomplishments in complex geometric forms such as Riemann surfaces and moduli spaces "stunning". "But also a daughter, a mother and a wife".
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