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

Maryam Mirzakhani, a Stanford University professor who was the only woman to win the prestigious Fields Medal in mathematics, has died. She was 40.

In 2014, Mirzakhani was one of four winners of the Fields Medal, which is presented every four years and is considered the mathematics equivalent of the Nobel Prize. She was named for her work on complex geometry and dynamic systems.

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