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First woman to win 'maths Nobel Prize' dies

First woman to win 'maths Nobel Prize' dies

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Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to receive the Fields Medal, often described as the Nobel Prize for mathematics, has died aged 40.Professor Mirzakhani, who was also the first Iranian national to win the award, passed away after a four-year battle with breast cancer.She received the Fields Medal in 2014 for her "outstanding contributions to the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces".At the time she was praised for the "stunning advances" she had made in some of the most complicated areas of the mathematics.[embedded content]Professor Mirzakhani was also congratulated by the president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, who said the nation "can feel proud that the first woman who has ever won the Fields Medal is their fellow citizen."Born in 1977 in Tehran, Professor Mirz...
Maryam Mirzakhani, first woman to win maths' Fields Medal, dies

Maryam Mirzakhani, first woman to win maths' Fields Medal, dies

Science
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," state media reported.Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said her death was a cause for grief for all Iranians."A light was turned off today. It breaks my heart... gone far too soon," US-Iranian scientist Firouz Naderi posted on Instagram.He added in a su...
Film critic Barry Norman dies

Film critic Barry Norman dies

Entertainment
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceFilm critic Barry Norman has died aged 83, his family says.The journalist and former BBC presenter died in his sleep on Friday night. A statement from his daughters, Samantha and Emma, called him "remarkable", adding: "He had a great life, a wonderful marriage and an enviable career." Norman hosted BBC One's "Film…" show between 1972 and 1998 - its longest running host - as well as writing for the Daily Mail and the Guardian. His literary agent described him as "the defining voice of film criticism and insightful interviewing of screen legends from both sides of the camera".Norman's daughters added: "He leaves behind a family who adore him and a great roster of friends who love him too. We will miss him more than we can say."Norman's literary age
US student held by North Korea dies after release

US student held by North Korea dies after release

World
Otto Warmbier, the US student freed from a North Korean jail and in a coma for more than a year, has died. His parents said in a statement: "It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home."Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2:20 p.m."US President Donald Trump said on hearing the news that "bad things" happened in "brutal" North Korea but at least he died at home with his parents.Doctors from the University of Cincinnati Medical Centre said last week that the 22-year-old was suffering from injuries related to cardiopulmonary arrest and was in a state of unresponsive wakefulness.Image:Mr Warmbier broke down as he was jailed in March 2016The University of Virginia student was medically evacuated from North Korea and flown to Cincinnat...