Maryam Mirzakhani, the only woman to win math’s Fields Medal, dies at 40 after battle with breast cancer

Maryam Mirzakhani
Stanford mathematics professor Maryam Mirzakhani was awarded the prestigious Fields Medal in 2014. (Stanford University)

, a Stanford University professor who is the only woman to have won the Fields Medal in mathematics, has died. She was 40.

Stanford said Mirzakhani died Saturday. She had breast cancer. The school didn’t indicate where she died.

Mirzakhani was born in Iran and joined Stanford as a mathematics professor in 2008.

Stanford said her work involved the geometric and dynamic complexities of curved surfaces such as spheres and doughnut shapes.

She received the Fields Medal in 2014. The award…