Iran's Mariam Mirzakhani is the first and only woman to win the Fields Medal Iran's Mariam Mirzakhani is the first and only woman to win the Fields Medal
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The death of Iranian Maryam Mirzakhani, the first and only woman to win the Fields Medal

Iranian Mariam Merzakhani, 40, a Stanford University professor who died on Saturday July 15, 2017, is the first and only woman to win the Fields Medal of Mathematics, equivalent to the Nobel Prize.

Maryam Mirzakhani died in the United States of America after a recent breast cancer conflict.

"There is a light that went out today, it broke my heart, it went away quickly," wrote her friend Fairouz Ndari on her social networking site Instagram.

Mirzakhani, born in Iran in 1977, grew up, won her gold medal in the world math competition in her childhood, and in 2004 she completed her doctorate at Harvard and then continued her teaching at Stanford University.

It was Mirzakhani's brother who, for the first time, raised interest in science when he returned from school and told her what he had learned.

The Fields competition was first organized in 1936, Mirzakhani was the first woman to win, and the first person from Iran, among the 55 candidates they have won so far.

The prize is about 15,000 Canadian dollars (equivalent to 13,000 US dollars) and offers an extraordinary talent under the age of 40, organized by the World Mathematical Union once every four years.

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