Nearly three years after she became the first woman to win math’s equivalent of a Nobel Prize, Maryam Mirzakhani has died of breast cancer at age 40. Her death was confirmed Saturday by Stanford University, where Mirzakhani had been a professor since 2008. (NPR-Jul 15, 2017)
“A light was turned off today …. far too soon. Breaks my heart,” former NASA scientist Firouz Naderi said in a tweet. He later added, “A genius? Yes. But also a daughter, a mother and a wife.”
Mirzakhani was born on 3 May 1977 in Tehran, Iran. Her father Ahmad is an electrical engineer. She attended Tehran Farzanegan School there, part of the National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents(NODET). In 1994, Mirzakhani achieved the gold medal level in the International Mathematical Olympiad, the first female Iranian student to do so. In the 1995 International Mathematical Olympiad, she became the first Iranian student to achieve a perfect score and to win two gold medals.
She obtained her BSc in mathematics in 1999 from the Sharif University of Technology. She then went to the United States for graduate work, earning her Ph.D. in 2004 from Harvard University, where she worked under the supervision of the Fields Medalist Curtis T. McMullen.
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