Maryam Mirzakhani was awarded a Fields Medal for her mathematical research. She died from breast cancer at the age of 40 in 2017.

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 South Korean President Park Geun-hye (6-L) poses with award winners during the opening ceremony of the 2014 International Congress of Mathematicians in southern Seoul, South Korea,  Iranian mathematician Prof Maryam Mirzakhani (6-R) is the first female winner of the Fields Medal. Photograph: Yonhap/South Korea

An Iranian mathematician is the first woman ever to receive a Fields Medal, often considered to be mathematics’ equivalent of the Nobel Prize. The rec(...)