Published: Sun, July 16, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Award-winning Stanford math professor dies

Award-winning Stanford math professor dies

Professor Maryam Mirzakhani was the recipient of the 2014 Fields Medal, the top honor in mathematics.

Mirzakhani was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, and after fiercely batting this disgusting disease for four years, she died on July 15, 2017. The Fields Medal is awarded every four years on the occasion of the International Congress of Mathematicians to recognize outstanding mathematical achievement for existing work and for the promise of future achievement.

On August 13th, 2014, 37-year-old, Maryam Mirzakhani was the first woman to win the Fields Medal prize.

Mirzakhani was born on May 3, 1997.

Her educational qualifications boasted of a PhD at the Harvard University in 2004, and later a professorship at Stanford.

In a 2008 interview with the Clay Mathematics Institute, Mirzakhani was asked to give advice to younger students.

Growing up in Iran, she attended an all-girls high school and gained recognition as a teenager in the 1994 and 1995 competitions of the International Mathematical Olympiad.

Here's a Harvard lecture by Mirzakahni in November of 2014, just nine months before she was awarded the Fields Medal.

Firouz Naderi’s post in Instagram in reaction to Mirzakhani’s death
Firouz Naderi’s post in Instagram in reaction to Mirzakhani’s death

Mirzakhani studied the complexities of curved surfaces such as spheres, doughnut shapes and hyperbolas.

Stanford president Marc Tessier-Lavigne said Mirzakhani's impact will live on for the thousands of women she inspired to pursue math and science careers.

"A light was turned off today. far too soon".

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

"It's 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", she added.

As a professor and scholar, Mirzakhani's pictures helped her write stories with her math. Her young daughter described her mother at work as "painting".

Mirzakhani is survived by her husband, an associate professor at Stanford University, and daughter Anahita.

In a message issued on Saturday, President Rouhani said the demise of "the well-known mathematical genius" has caused deep sorrow for him.

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