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Sat Jul 15, 2017, 11:26 AM

Trailblazing maths genius who was first woman to win prestigious Fields Medal dies aged 40

Source: The Independent

“The grievous passing of Maryam Mirzakhani, the eminent Iranian and world-renowned mathematician, is very much heartrending,” President Hassan Rouhani.

Growing up in Iran during the Iran-Iraq war, Professor Mirzakhani dreamed of becoming a writer and watched biographies of famous women like Marie Curie and Helen Keller.

The professor entered the Iranian International Mathematical Olympiad team at 17 in 1994, becoming the first girl to win a gold medal in 1994 and a perfect score the following year.

She had first taken an interest in maths when her older brother told her about how German mathematician Gauss discovered the formula for adding numbers from 1 to 100.

“It was the first time I enjoyed a beautiful solution,” she said in an interview given to the Clay Institute where she was a Research Fellow from 2004 to 2008.

“Of course, the most rewarding part is the "Aha" moment, the excitement of discovery and enjoyment of understanding something new – the feeling of being on top of a hill and having a clear view. Most of the time, doing mathematics for me is like being on a long hike with no trail and no end in sight.”

Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/maryam-mirzakhani-fields-medal-mathematics-dies-forty-iran-rouhani-a7842971.html

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Reply Trailblazing maths genius who was first woman to win prestigious Fields Medal dies aged 40 (Original post)
JHan Jul 2017 OP
iluvtennis Jul 2017 #1
BumRushDaShow Jul 2017 #2
JHan Jul 2017 #7
sheshe2 Jul 2017 #3
riversedge Jul 2017 #4
Me. Jul 2017 #5
Hugin Jul 2017 #8
Me. Jul 2017 #9
Jim__ Jul 2017 #6
elleng Jul 2017 #10
JHan Jul 2017 #11

Response to JHan (Original post)

Sat Jul 15, 2017, 11:41 AM

1. Just too young to be gone. (Read she had been battling with breast cancer)

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Sat Jul 15, 2017, 11:48 AM

2. Wow. R.I.P.

What a loss at such a young age.

Condolences to her family and hope she was able to inspire others to pursue math.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #2)

Sat Jul 15, 2017, 03:08 PM

7. yes , far too young :(

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Sat Jul 15, 2017, 12:05 PM

3. What a sad loss.

Sleep in peace, Maryam.

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Sat Jul 15, 2017, 01:03 PM

4. Best to her family and friends and hope they find peace.

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Sat Jul 15, 2017, 01:45 PM

5. Hope ...

She's "on top of a hill and having a clear view".

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Response to Me. (Reply #5)

Sat Jul 15, 2017, 03:21 PM

8. What a beautiful thought.

Let's keep it at that.

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Response to Hugin (Reply #8)

Sat Jul 15, 2017, 03:26 PM

9. It Was Hers To Begin With

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Sat Jul 15, 2017, 02:55 PM

6. RIP.

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Response to JHan (Original post)

Sat Jul 15, 2017, 08:01 PM

10. ;-(

'A professor at Stanford University in California, she had been fighting a four-year battle against breast cancer which had spread to her bone marrow, according to reports.'

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Response to elleng (Reply #10)

Sat Jul 15, 2017, 08:15 PM

11. stupid fucking cancer ... hate it :(

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