It is with great sadness that the Tunisian Women Mathematician’s Association (TWMA) has learned of the death of Fields Medal winner Maryam Mirzakhani at the age of 40. In 2014 Mirzakhani became the first woman to receive a Fields Medal for her ‘outstanding contributions to the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces’ in the fields of topology, geometry, and dynamical systems.
Mirzakhani was born in Tehran in 1977 and obtained her BSc in Mathematics (1999) from the Sharif University of Technology. She then moved to the US to begin her doctorate work with Curtis McMullen at Harvard University, where she received her PhD in 2004. From 2004 to 2008 she was a Clay Mathematics Institute Research Fellow and an assistant professor at Princeton University. She had been a professor of mathematics at Stanford since 2008. While she dreamed of being a writer as a young girl, she chose to follow her passion for solving mathematical problems.
The TWMA would like to pass on its sincere condolences to her family and friends.