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[Maryam] Mirzakhani had recently been taken to hospital as her health condition worsened due to breast cancer. Cancerous cells had recently spread to her bone marrow. She had already been battling the disease for several years.

In 2014, Mirzakhani was awarded the coveted Fields Medal, also known as the Nobel Prize of mathematics. 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 was born in Tehran in 1977 and brought up in the Islamic Republic.

She scored the International Mathematical Olympiad’s gold medal twice — in 1994 and 1995. In the second competition, she received the contest’s full 42 points.

She then earned her bachelor’s degree from Iran’s prestigious Sharif University of Technology in 1999, and followed up the rest of her education in the United States, where she earned a doctoral degree from Harvard University in 2004 and became full professor of mathematics at Stanford at the age of 31.

She is survived by husband Jan Vondrák, a Czech theoretical computer scientist, and their daughter Anahita.”

Iranian math genius Mirzakhani passes away (PressTV, Jul. 15 2017)

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