Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to win the prestigious Fields Medal for mathematics, died of breast cancer.
Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to win the prestigious Fields Medal for mathematics, has died at 40.
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Mirzakhani, who was from Iran, died of breast cancer in the US, a relative told Iran's Mehr News Agency.
The Stanford University professor won the Fields Medal, which is considered the 'Nobel Prize for mathematics,” in 2014.
The internationally renowned mathematician was diagnosed with cancer four years ago, a year before she won the award.
Mirzakhani grew up in Tehran, where she excelled in math from an early age. As a teenager, she won gold medals at two International Mathematical Olympiad competitions.
After graduating from Iran's Sharif University of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics in 1999, she continued her education in the US, earning a PhD in mathematics from Harvard University in 2004.
In 2008, when she was 31, she became a full professor of mathematics at Stanford, where she taught until her death.