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Professor Maryam Mirzakhani is the recipient of the 2014 Fields Medal, the top honor in mathematics. She is the first woman
in the prize’s 80-year history to earn the distinction. She died Saturday after a long battle with breast cancer.
She was both the first woman and the first Iranian honored with the Fields Medal, the most prestigious award in mathematics.
The mathematician is survived by her husband Jan Vondrák, a Czech theoretical computer scientist and professor at Stanford,
along with a daughter, Anahita.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the “unprecedented brilliance of this creative scientist and modest human being, who
made Iran’s name resonate in the world’s scientific forums, was a turning point in showing the great will of Iranian women
and young people on the path toward reaching the peaks of glory and in various international arenas,” according to Iranian
Ms. Mirzakhani, 40, joined the Stanford University faculty in 2008 and was awarded the Fields Medal, the most prestigious
award in mathematics, in 2014 for her work in theoretical math.
Ms. Mirzakhani was born and raised in Tehran, where she attended an-all girls high school and competed on Iran’s
International Mathematical Olympiad team.
In 1994, she received a gold medal and in 1995, she earned two gold medals for her performance in the international
After high school, Ms. Mirzakhani attended Sharif University of Technology, a top-ranked school in Tehran for engineering and
She received her doctorate at Harvard University in 2004 where she was “distinguished by her determination and relentless
questioning, despite the language barrier,” according to Stanford University.
Firouz Naderi, the former director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, wrote on Facebook, “A light was turned off today ….
far too soon. Breaks my heart.”
Sarah Ravani is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.