Maryam Mirzakhani passes

There was sad news today: Maryam Mirzakhani passed away at the age of 40 from breast cancer. Mirzakhani worked on geometry in a very modern sense, focusing on the fields of hyperbolic geometry and the geometry and dynamics of Riemann surfaces. She was best known for winning the Fields Medal in 2014, sometimes called the Nobel Prize for mathematics, and she was the first woman in history to win that award.

Mirzakhani became a role model to young women and men in mathematics and STEM. Mirzakhani is survived by her husband Jan Vondrák and her daughter Anahita. My condolences on their loss.

I’ll close with a few inspiring words from her interview with the Clay Institute:

“I did poorly in math for a couple of years in middle school; I was just not interested in thinking about it. I can see that without being excited mathematics can look pointless and cold. The beauty of mathematics only shows itself to more patient followers.”

-Anthony Bonato

One thought on “Maryam Mirzakhani passes

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s