Maryam Mirzakhani Cause Of Death: How Did The Fields Medalist Die?

Marsha Scott
July 16, 2017

She received the Fields Medal in 2014.

The 40-year-old fought the disease for four years and was recently hospitalised in the U.S. as the cancer spread to her bone marrow. The award is given out every four years.

Mirzakhani won the Fields Medal- equivalent of the Nobel Prize for Mathematics for those under 40 - awarded by the International Congress of Mathematicians - in 2014.

She earned a doctoral degree from Harvard University in 2004 and became full professor of mathematics in 2008 at Stanford at a very young age of 31.

"This is a great honor", she was quoted as saying in 2014. She won two gold medals at the International Mathematical Olympiad, bringing home the top honors in 1994 and 1995.

She was also the first Iranian to win the prize.

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

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At the time she was praised for the "stunning advances" she had made in some of the most complicated areas of the mathematics.

"Maryam is gone far too soon, but her impact will live on for the thousands of women she inspired to pursue math and science", Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne told Stanford News. "It is like being lost in a jungle and trying to use all the knowledge that you can gather to come up with some new tricks, and with some luck you might find a way out".

Her friend Firouz Michael Naderi, an Iranian-American NASA scientist, said on Instagram, "A light was turned off today".

Iranian mathematics scholar Maryam Mirzakhani passed away on Saturday after succumbing to her third bout with breast cancer. "Sad to learn about the passing of #MaryamMirzakhani - the intelligent #Iranian daughter, wife, mother, professor".

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani saluted Mirzakhani in a message in Farsi, posted to Twitter.

She was survived by her husband Jan Vondrák, a Czech theoretical computer scientist and her colleague at Stanford University and a daughter named Anahita.

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