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Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to win Maths' Fields Medal dies at 40
Maryam Mirzakhani, the mathematical genius from Iran has died.

Dr Mirzakhani had received the Fields Medal in Mathematics in 2014. She died on July 15 and was aged 40.

Her death was announced by Stanford University, where she was serving as a professor since 2008. The university mentioned the cause of her death as breast cancer.

Born and brought up in Tehran, Mirzakhani moved to the United States in 1999 to study at Harvard university.

Her work has been widely influential in mathematics and academicians have argued that her work has the potential to be used in cryptography, theoretical physics and engineering as well.

Researchers have also said that because of the span of her work, it has the potential to be helpful in studying the origin of the universe also.

Mirzakhani was one of the four mathematicians to receive the Fields Medal in 2014. The medal was awarded to her by the International Mathematical Union. What makes the award even more special is that it is awarded every four years to a maximum of four mathematicians and all of the recipients of the award have to be under the age of 40.

Mirzakhani is the only woman to have received this award till now. She had also earned fame in Iran by becoming the first female to compete with Iran's International Mathematical Olympiad team in 1994. In an interview, she had also claimed that maths just happened to come to her, while she in fact wanted to be a writer. But the traits of being a writer were very much visible in her mathematical work as well.

But some well known figures have also criticised the fact that Iran is now claiming the woman to be its own when, it refused to accept her marriage and her child only because they were from a different religion. Mirzakhani is survived by her husband, Jan Vondrák, and a daughter, Anahita.

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