The first and only female to win the prestigious Fields medal dies at the age of 40. The Iranian mathematician was honored the top most award in mathematics in the year 2014 by the International Congress of Mathematicians for her contributions to the field of geometry and dynamical systems. Maryam Mirzakhani died of breast cancer at a hospital in United States. Her works are seen with great importance in understanding the symmetry of curved surfaces like spheres, doughnut, and even amoebas.
“A light was turned off today…. far too soon. Breaks my heart.” Former NASA scientist Firouz Naderi tweeted.“A genious? Yes. But also a daughter, a mother and a wife” he tweeted later.
From 2004-2008 Mirzakhani worked as assistant professor at Princeton University, since 2008 she worked as a faculty at Stanford University, she continued to work there till her death. She is survived by her husband and daughter.