Professor Maryam Mirzakhani is the recipient of the 2014 Fields Medal, the top honor in mathematics. She is the first woman in the prize’s 80-year history to earn the distinction. 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.

Groundbreaking Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani, who became the first woman to receive the coveted Fields Medal, has died following a battle with breast cancer.
The 40-year-old fought the disease for four years and was recently hospitalised in the US as the cancer spread to her bone marrow.
Iran’s Mehr News Agency cited one of Mirzakhani’s relatives as confirming her death on Saturday (15 July).
“A light was turned off today. It breaks my heart ….. gone far too soon,” friend Firouz Naderi, a Nasa scientist, also wrote in an Instagram post earlier in the day.
Mirzakhani was a professor in the US at Stanford University’s mathematics department, having graduated from Iran’s Sharif University of Technology in 1999 and earning her PhD in mathematics from Harvard University in 2004.
She made history in 2014 after becoming the first woman, as well as the first Iranian, to win the Fields Medal – nicknamed the “Nobel Prize of …
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