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▼ First woman Fields Medal recipient Maryam Mirzakhani passes away [07-17-17]
Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to receive the prestigious Fields Medal for mathematics, has died in the US.
The 40-year-old Iranian, a professor at Stanford University, had breast cancer which had spread to her bones.
Nicknamed the “Nobel Prize for Mathematics”, the Fields Medal is only awarded every four years to between two and four mathematicians under 40.
It was given to Prof Mirzakhani in 2014 for her work on complex geometry and dynamical systems.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Prof Mirzakhani's death caused "great sorrow,"
Prof Mirzakhani and her husband, Czech scientist Jan Vondrak, had one daughter.
Maryam Mirzakhani: Know More
- Born in 1977, Prof Mirzakhani was brought up in post-revolutionary Iran and won two gold medals in the International Mathematical Olympiad as a teenager.
- She earned a PhD at Harvard University in 2004, and later worked at Princeton before securing a professorship at Stanford in 2008.
- Her receipt of the Fields Medal three years ago ended a long wait for women in the mathematics community for the prize, first established in 1936.
- Prof Mirzakhani was also the first Iranian to receive it.
- The citation said she had made “striking and highly original contributions to geometry and dynamical systems” and that her most recent work constituted “a major advance”.
▼ China’s most famous political prisoner, Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo dies [07-14-17]
Nobel laureate and democracy icon Liu Xiaobo passed away in custody following a battle with cancer. He was 61. Liu was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.
Liu was a Chinese literary critic, writer, human rights activist who called for political reforms and end of communist single-party rule.
He is also known for his role in 1989 Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing. Liu was arrested in 2008 after co-writing Charter 08, a bold petition that called for the protection of basic human rights and reform of China’s political system.
He was sentenced to 11 years in prison in December 2009 on the charges of subversion.
During his fourth prison term, he was awarded 2010 Nobel Peace Prize for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.
He was first Chinese citizen to be awarded a Nobel Prize of any kind while residing in China.
At the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony held in Oslo in 2010 he was represented by an empty chair.
Liu is the third person to have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize while in prison or detention, after Germany’s Carl von Ossietzky (1935) and Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi (1991).
He was also the second Nobel Peace laureate who died in custody (first being Ossietzky who died in a Nazi concentration camp).
▼ Naresh Chandra, former Indian Ambassador to US, passes away [07-11-17]
Former Indian Ambassador to U.S., and Padma Vibhushan awardee, Naresh Chandra (82) died at Manipal hospital at Dona Paula near Panaji on July 9th night due to multiple organ failure.
Mr. Chandra had been a diabetic and had suffered a cardiac arrest.
He used to be a frequent visitor to Goa.
While he was holidaying in Goa he took ill.
Mr. Chandra, a bachelor, had served as the Cabinet Secretary from 1990-92 and was the Indian Ambassador to the US from 1996 to 2001.
Naresh Chandra was conferred Padma Vibhushan in 2007.