- Dec 12, 2007
Maryam Mirzakhani, first woman to win maths' Fields Medal, dies - BBC NewsMaryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to receive the prestigious Fields Medal for mathematics, has died in the US.
The 40-year-old Iranian, a professor at Stanford University, had breast cancer which had spread to her bones.
Nicknamed the "Nobel Prize for Mathematics", the Fields Medal is only awarded every four years to between two and four mathematicians under 40.
It was given to Prof Mirzakhani in 2014 for her work on complex geometry and dynamical systems.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Prof Mirzakhani's death caused "great sorrow," state media reported.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said her death was a cause for grief for all Iranians.
"A light was turned off today. It breaks my heart... gone far too soon," US-Iranian scientist Firouz Naderi posted on Instagram
Very sad news.
And so young too.
Anyone with a fleeting interest in Mathematics or Science will have heard of Maryam Mirzakhani.
She was not only the first, but also the only woman, to have ever won the Fields Medal.
The world is worse off without her.
This is a genuine loss to Mathematics.