Iranian math genius, Fields Medal victor Mirzakhani passes away

Iranian math genius Mirzakhani passes away

Iranian math genius Mirzakhani passes away

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". "It breaks my heart. gone far too soon", her friend, NASA scientist Firouz Naderi, posted on Instagram. Later he twitted: A genius? Yes. At the time, she had become the first girl named on Iran's team in the International Mathematical Olympiad and had already won gold medals in the 1990s, NPR reported.

Mirzakhani was born in Iran and joined Stanford as a mathematics professor in 2008.

Mirzakhani died Saturday after a long battle with cancer.

When she won in 2014, the IMU called Mirzakhani's accomplishments in complex geometric forms such as Riemann surfaces and moduli spaces "stunning". "Mirzakhani was the first Iranian woman elected to the National Academy of Sciences a year ago, in recognition of her 'distinguished achievement in original research.' She was in good company: Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell were past honorees".

She had dreamed of becoming a writer when she was young, she said, but instead pursued her enthusiasm for solving mathematical problems. "Her contributions as both a scholar and a role model are significant and enduring, and she will be dearly missed here at Stanford and around the world".

In another interview, she said of her process: "I don't have any particular recipe [for developing new proofs] ..."

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Some social media users criticised Iranian officials for not using recent images of Prof Mirzakhani which showed her uncovered hair. Her questions came in English.

She also collaborated with Alex Eskin at the University of Chicago on trajectory of a billiards ball around a polygonal table.

Mirzakhani enjoyed pure mathematics because of its "elegance and longevity", she said.

The paper she completed based on that exercise was published in 2013.

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

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