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A Genius of Maths

A Genius of Maths

The only woman to win the maths world’s biggest prize has died at the age of 40. As the only female winner of the Fields Medal – the maths equivalent to the Nobel Prize – Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani inspired a generation of female mathematicians. We look at her life and her legacy.

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(image: Front pages of Iranian newspapers on July 16, 2017 bearing portraits of the top female mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani. Credit: Atta Kenare / Getty Images)