Maths genius Maryam Mirzakhani dies, aged 40
Washington, US - Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian-born mathematician who was the first woman to win the coveted Fields Medal, has died in a US hospital after a battle with cancer.
In 2014, the then 37 year old professor from Stanford University won the Fields Medal, the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for Mathematics, which is awarded by the International Congress of Mathematicians. The award recognised her sophisticated and highly original contributions to the fields of geometry and dynamical systems, particularly in understanding the symmetry of curved surfaces such as spheres.
She had already won the 2009 Blumenthal Award for the Advancement of Research in Pure Mathematics and the 2013 Satter Prize of the Ameri- can Mathematical Society.
Born and raised in Tehran, Mirzakhani became known on the international mathematics scene as a teenager, winning gold medals at both the 1994 and 1995 International Math olympiads - finishing with a perfect score in the latter competition.
In 2008 she became a professor of mathematics at Stanford. She is survived by her husband and young daughter.