Female mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani dies

Maryam Mirzakhani was a brilliant mathematician from Tehran who died after battling breast cancer. She was the first woman to win the prestigious Field Medal in Mathematics in 2014.
She won the award after being recognized for her contributions in the field of Dynamic Systems and Complex Geometry.
She passed away, aged 40 after her breast cancer spread to her bones. She was born in Tehran and studied in Iran and Harvard University. Maryam was a brilliant student from her childhood as she was the first female to compete in Iran’s International Mathematics Olympiad and won three gold medals.
When she was once asked to describe her work she said ” Like being lost in a jungle and trying to use all the knowledge that you can gather to come up with some new tricks, and with some luck, you might find a way out”
In her death, she leaves behind a husband and her daughter.
Stanford University, where she was a professor sent out a press announcement for her death. “Mirzakhani specialized in theoretical mathematics that read like a foreign language by those outside of mathematics: moduli spaces, Teichmüller theory, hyperbolic geometry, Ergodic theory and symplectic geometry. Mastering these approaches allowed Mirzakhani to pursue her fascination for describing the geometric and dynamic complexities of curved surfaces spheres, doughnut shapes, and even amoebas – in as great detail as possible.”

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