She was the first woman to win the award since its inception in 1936.
Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian genius mathematician and the first-ever female victor of the prestigious Fields Medal prize, died at the age of 40 of breast cancer at a hospital in US on July 14, Tehran Times reports. "Maryam was a brilliant mathematical theorist, and also a humble person who accepted honors only with the hope that it might encourage others to follow her path. Gone far too soon", Iran-born NASA scientist Firouz Naderi posted on Twitter. "Gone far too soon", he wrote.
The two times gold medal victor in the International Mathematical Olympiad, Mirzakhani received her Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Iran's Sharif University of Technology in 1999 and earned a PhD degree in mathematics from Harvard University in 2004 and became full professor of mathematics at Stanford at the age of 31. But her passion and gift for mathematics eventually won out.
"You're torturing yourself along the way", she would offer, "but life isn't supposed to be easy".
In the same interview, she said she spent her free time with family and her husband.
Mirzakhani studied mathematics in Iran and earned a PhD degree from Harvard in 2004. Marie-Curie had Nobel prizes in physics and chemistry at the beginning of the 20th century, but in mathematics this is the first time we have a woman winning the most prestigious prize.
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Professor Mirzakhani's death caused "great sorrow", according to Iran's state media.
Mirzakhani, who joined Stanford in 2008, specialized in theoretical mathematics.
In 2014 she was the first woman and the first Iranian to be awarded with Fields Medal prize.
Before her death from breast cancer which had spread to her bones, Mirzakhani was a professor at Stanford University, has worked at Princeton before securing a professorship at Stanford in 2008. Her questions came in English.
Her work focused on the complexities of curved surfaces, such as spheres and doughnuts.