Maryam Mirzakhani (1977-2017)

A quick post to mark the passing of Iranian math genius Maryam Mirzakhani on July 15, 2017 at the age of 40 following a four year battle with cancer. The Iranian news website Press TV has an article and video you can find here. Her Wikipedia page is here. From the Press TV article: "Mirzakhani had recently been taken to hospital as her health condition worsened due to breast cancer. Cancerous cells had recently spread to her bone marrow. She had already been battling the disease for several years.

In 2014, Mirzakhani was awarded the coveted Fields Medal, also known as the Nobel Prize of mathematics. The 40-year-old, who used to teach at Stanford University, was also the first Iranian woman to be elected to the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in May 2016 in recognition of her “distinguished and continuing achievement in original research.”"

LA Times article notes her passing. You can find a video and story on her from WIRED, here.

Maryam Mirzakhan, rest in peace.

Here are some stories that caught my eye since the last post:

  • Quanta Magazine with a piece that starts "June Huh thought he had no talent for math until a chance meeting with a legendary mind. A decade later, his unorthodox approach to mathematical thinking has led to major breakthroughs."
  • Sputnik News on "A dean at Yale University has been put on leave after her sneering and sometimes racist comments on Yelp were exposed by students.". You'd think people would know by now: anything you post is out there forever.
  • Jacobin with a piece on Purdue University acquiring Kaplan University. Education is a business

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