Maryam Mirzakhani: Woman of Mathematics, Fields Medallist passes away at 40

It is said that one of the best sources of inspiration about mathematics and “men” of mathematics is the book, “Menn of Mathematics” by E. T. Bell. (John Nash, Jr., Nobel laureate, Abel Laureate, genius mathematician, who passed away some time back, had also read this classic as a young boy. You might have known him through the movie, A Beautiful Mind starring Russell Crowe). But, there have also been “really rare” “women of mathematics” like Emmy Noether (who had passed away unsung, unheard; she also passed away due to some cancer), and just recently, eminent mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani, of Iranian origin, Fields Medallist, and professor at Stanford University, has also passed away at a young age of 40 due to cancer. It is said that mathematicians are loners; but she proved it otherwise: she was a professor, a wife, a mother also…

I wish someone writes a classic called “Women of Mathematics” also just like long back E. T. Bell wrote the classic, “Men of Mathematics”.

Below is an obit on Maryam Mirzakhani in The Times of India online:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/math-genius-maryam-mirzakhani-dies-aged-40/articleshow/59610680.cms

Nalin Pithwa.

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