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