Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian- born mathematician who was the first woman to win the coveted Fields Medal, has died in a USA hospital after a battle with cancer.
Mirzakhani was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, and after fiercely batting this frightful disease for four years, she died on July 15, 2017.
She was survived by her husband Jan Vondrák, a Czech theoretical computer scientist and her colleague at Stanford University and a daughter named Anahita.
(CNN) - Maryam Mirzakhani, a Stanford University professor who became the only woman to receive the highest honor in mathematics, died Saturday after a long battle with cancer, the school said.
She was a research fellow at Clay Mathematics Institute from 2004 to 2008 and served as an assistant professor of mathematics at Princeton University.
Born in 1977 in Tehran, Professor Mirzakhani won two gold medals in the International Mathematical Olympiad, a competition for pre-college students.
Firouz Naderi’s post in Instagram in reaction to Mirzakhani’s death
The internationally renowned mathematician was diagnosed with cancer four years ago, a year before she won the award.
Echoing similar view, Mirzakhani's friend from NASA, Firouz Naderi, said, "A light was turned off today". Four years later, she received the Fields Medal, which is considered the mathematics equivalent of the Nobel Prize. "But also a daughter, a mother and a wife".
The award recognized 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. "I felt that this was something I could do, and I wanted to pursue this path". It is given every four years to mathematicians under the age of 40.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called Mirzakhani a creative scientist, a humble person, and someone who stood for Iran on the world stage.
Stanford University has not responded to a request for comment from Newsweek.