Maryam Mirzakhani, Prize-Winning Mathematician, Dies At 40…

Nearly three years after she became the first woman to win math’s equivalent of a Nobel Prize, Maryam Mirzakhani has died of breast cancer at age 40. Her death was confirmed Saturday by Stanford University, where Mirzakhani had been a professor since 2008.
Mirzakhani is survived by her husband, Jan Vondrák, and a daughter, Anahita — who once referred to her mother’s work as “painting” because of the doodles and drawings that marked her process of working on proofs and problems, according to an obituary released by Stanford.
“A light was turned off today …. far too soon. Breaks my heart,” former NASA scientist Firouz Naderi said in a tweet. He later added, “A genius? Yes. But also a daughter, a mother and a wife.”