Iranian genius mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani dies aged 40

Iranian math genius Mirzakhani passes away

Iranian math genius Mirzakhani passes away

She fought with cancer for four years and was hospitalized lately at a hospital in the U.S.as the cancer had spread to her bone marrow.

The Stanford University math professor was the first woman to ever win the prestigious Fields Medal, and we've got the latest report on the sad news.

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

"The grievous passing of Maryam Mirzakhani, the eminent Iranian and world-renowned mathematician, is very much heartrending", said President Hassan Rouhani in a message.

"I do offer my heartfelt condolences upon the passing of this lady scientist to all Iranians worldwide, her grieving family and the scientific community", Zarif added.

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Mirzakhani' friend Firouz Naderi announced her death today on instagram, and her relatives confirmed the death to the Mehr agency in Iran.

In a tweet, Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator for the Islamic Republic of Iran, also expressed his sorrow over Mirzakhani's death.

"I felt that this was something I could do, and I wanted to pursue this path". Later he twitted: "A genius? Yes". The 40-year-old, who used to teach at Stanford University, was also the first Iranian woman to be elected to the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in May 2016 in recognition of her "distinguished and continuing achievement in original research".

Mirzakhani is survived by her husband Jan Vondrák, a Czechtheoretical computer scientist and applied mathematician who is an associate professor at Stanford University, and a daughter named Anahita.

Born in 1977 and raised in tehran, Mirzakhani initially dreamed of becoming a writer, but by the time she started high school her affinity for solving mathematical problems and working on proofs had shifted her sights.

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