The first woman to win ‘the No­bel prize of Math’ dies at 40

Marie Claire (Malaysia) - - Filter -

Maryam Mirza­khani was the only woman ever to win a Fields Medal, the high­est award of math, of­ten de­scribed as ‘the No­bel prize of Math’. Awarded the dis­tin­guished ti­tle in 2014 for her work on ge­om­e­try and dy­nam­i­cal sys­tems, Mirza­khani was an Ira­nian math­e­ma­ti­cian and a pro­fes­sor at Stanford Univer­sity. “She was in the midst of do­ing fan­tas­tic work,” said Dr. Peter C. Sar­nak, a math­e­ma­ti­cian at Prince­ton Univer­sity and the In­sti­tute for Ad­vanced Study. “Not only did she solve many prob­lems; in solv­ing prob­lems, she de­vel­oped tools that are now the bread and but­ter of peo­ple work­ing in the field.” The cause of death was breast cancer that had spread to her bones.

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