I am totally stunned to learn that Maryam Mirzakhani died today, aged 40, after a severe recurrence of the cancer she had been fighting for several years. I had planned to email her some wishes for a speedy recovery after learning about the relapse yesterday; I still can’t fully believe that she didn’t make it.
A nice obituary about a fantastic mathematician from a fellow Fields Prize winner.
Here's some of the best coverage I've seen about yesterday's awards.
The 2014 Fields Medal and Nevanlinna Prize winners were announced yesterday.
Nature: “Iranian is first woman to nab highest prize in maths”
Also includes coverage of the Gauss Prize for research that has had an impact outside mathematics, which was awarded to Stanley Osher of the University of California at Los Angeles.)
Great personal profiles with short videos via Quanta Magazine
Artur Avila – A Brazilian Wunderkind Who Calms Chaos
Manjul Bhargava – The Musical, Magical Number Theorist
Martin Hairer – In Noisy Equations, One Who Heard Music
Maryam Mirzakhani – A Tenacious Explorer of Abstract Surfaces
Subhash Khot – A Grand Vision for the Impossible
Technical explanation of their work
Terry Tao (previous Fields Medal Winner): Avila, Bhargava, Hairer, Mirzakhani