Maths ge­nius Maryam Mirza­khani dies, aged 40

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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.

Maryam Mirza­khani

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