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Irish President condoles death of Iranian math genius

London, July 21, President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins in a letter expressed condolences over the demise of the late Iranian math elite Maryam Mirzakhani.

In his letter to Iran mission in Ireland, Higgins said Mirzakhani was one the most prominent Iranian scientists and a great mathematics genius who received the gold medal in the Hong Kong International Mathematical Olympiad when she was just 18 years old.

He condoled with Mirzakhani's husband Jan Vondrak and also her daughter Anahita and with all who attempted to promote science in the world.

The late Mirzakhani was definitely one of the most paramount scientists in the past 100 years in the world.

The Iranian winner of Fields Medal, also known as the Nobel Prize of mathematics, and Stanford University professor, Mirzakhani, passed away at 40 in a hospital in the US on Saturday.

In 1994, Mirzakhani won a gold medal in the Hong Kong International Mathematical Olympiad, to be the first female Iranian student to have received a gold medal. In the 1995 Toronto International Mathematical Olympiad, she became the first Iranian student to receive a perfect score and to win two gold medals.

She obtained her BSc in mathematics (1999) from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran. She went to the US and got a PhD from Harvard University in 2004.

Mirzakhani (b. May 3, 1977) was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, a year before she set the record of the first ever woman to win the prestigious Fields Medal in mathematics.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency