Maryam Mirzakhani (1977 - 2017)
The Women in Mathematics Committee of the EMS is deeply saddened by the untimely death of Maryam Mirzakhani on July 14. Her work was recognized worldwide by the international mathematical community, in particular through the award of the Fields medal in 2014 "for her outstanding contributions to the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces". She was the first female mathematician and the first scientist from Iran to win the Fields medal. We have lost a great mathematician and a woman who was able to achieve the highest peaks through her stunning mathematical works. Maryam Mirzakhani illuminated the community of women mathematicians and her memory will always live with us. Her life was too short, but it is a flash of light that will last forever.
The Women in Mathematics Committee sends its deep condolences to her daughter and her husband, and to all her family, friends and collaborators.