Maryam Mirzakhani, a Stanford College professor who was the primary and solely lady to win the distinguished Fields Medal in arithmetic, has died. She was forty.

Mirzakhani, who battled breast most cancers, died on Saturday, the college introduced. It didn’t point out the place she died.

In 2014 Mirzakhani was considered one of 4 winners of the Fields Medal, which is introduced each 4 years and is taken into account the arithmetic equal of the Nobel Prize. She was named for her work on complicated geometry and dynamic techniques.

“Mirzakhani specialised in theoretical arithmetic that learn like a overseas language by these outdoors of arithmetic: moduli areas, Teichmüller principle, hyperbolic geometry, Ergodic principle and symplectic geometry,” in accordance with the Stanford press announcement. “Mastering these approaches allowed Mirzakhani to pursue her fascination for describing the geometric and dynamic complexities of curved surfaces-spheres, doughnut shapes and even amoebas – in as nice element as attainable.”

The work had implications in fields starting from cryptography to “the theoretical physics of how the universe got here to exist,” the college stated.

Mirzakhani was born in Tehran, Iran, and studied there and at Harvard College. She joined Stanford as a arithmetic professor in 2008.

She initially dreamed of turning into a author however then shifted to arithmetic.

When she was working, Mirzakhani would doodle on sheets of paper and scribble formulation on the sides of her drawings, main her daughter to explain the work as portray, in response to the Stanford assertion.

Mirzakhani as soon as described her work as “like being misplaced in a jungle and making an attempt to make use of all of the information that you could collect to provide you with some new tips, and with some luck you may discover a approach out.”

Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne referred to as Mirzakhani an excellent theorist who made enduring contributions and impressed hundreds of girls to pursue math and science.

Mirzakhani is survived by her husband, Jan Vondrák, and daughter, Anahita.

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