Maryam Mirzakhani 1977-2017

Viktor Orbán thinks that Muslim immigrants are a threat to Europe because they are unable “to integrate into Western societies.” He has said that Muslim immigration is “the Trojan horse of terrorism” and has issued a stark warning that Western civilization and “Christian identity” is in danger. Hungary won’t let in Muslim immigrants at all.

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I heard the shocking news on Saturday morning that award-winning mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani had died; I couldn’t believe it. All over the world news agencies reported her death, Stanford University issued a statement.

Professor Maryam Mirzakhani

I never met Mirzakhani but have known of her for a long time. A couple of years ago someone asked me if I knew Jan Vondrák, the “Hungarian” mathematician at Stanford University. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, not too far from Stanford, and this person thought that all Hungarians know each other in the area.

As it turned out, Vondrák is not Hungarian, he is a Czech immigrant (pretty close) and married to Maryam Mirzakhani, who is also a math professor at Stanford.

Maryam Mirzakhani with her husband and daughter

Maryam Mirzakhani was a petite Muslim woman who came to the United States in 1999. In 2014, when she was just 37-year-old, she received the Fields Medal, the highest award for mathematicians, some call it the Nobel-prize of Mathematics. With her husband they raised a daughter together.

What is remarkable about her award is that Maryam was the first and only (!) woman ever to receive the Medal. The first Fields Medal was awarded in 1936, more than 80 years ago. No Hungarian mathematician has ever received it.

Maryam was a theoretician and in an interview she explained her problem solving process: “It is like being lost in a jungle and trying to use all the knowledge that you can gather to come up with some new tricks, and with some luck you might find a way out.” Her students and fellow mathematicians called her “a genius.”

Professor Maryam Mirzakhani, a Muslim immigrant from Iran was 40 years old; she died of breast cancer on July 15, 2017.

György Lázár

6 Comments

  1. May her soul rest in peace. Thanks for remembering her to us Mr. Lázár.

  2. Robert Morrison says:

    @György Lázár…

    Amazing how you spin every moment of life to somehow blemish the reputation of the democratically elected government and its PM. I found it disgusting that you keep going back to Hungary to enjoy cheap vacation there while continuously smear them from the price of the bus ticket to the price of the water.

    If you are so much determined to bring down the duly elected government don’t bark at them from ten thousand kilometers as a wild dog, but move back to Hungary and throw your hat into the ring. I am sure your liberal comrades would be just too happy to welcome you into their hopelessly under capable assault choir. There you could sing your hate filled hymn and show your fortitude for bringing your beloved Muslims into your own home, house them, feed them, teach them to learn the almost unlearn-able language, help them to assimilate into the culture of the host country and guaranty that they would never commit any crime against the people and the country that provided them refuge.

    But no, that is not your plan. Your gutlessness prevents you from even debating me on this site never mind to go to Budapest and have your abilities weighed. You are a toothless miserable disgruntled old man spewing venom on a Nation that you should be thankful for giving you the right education that made you capable to flourish in the USA.

    I believe that your best platform is the HungarianSpectrum run by Eva B.S. who is just as a mindless hater of everything that connects to Hungary as you are.

    Btw, I am sorry to read the passing of one of not too many Muslims that were able and willing to work and achieve. None of these were attacking the Hungarian border, you can bet your last penny on it.

    And you should be ashamed of yourself for using her death for your dishonest purposes.

  3. ” All are of the dust, all will be dust again.”

    Question to Hungarian Free Press and the high prophessor;

    Why there is NO Nobel prize for mathematic ?

    You may winn the Fickle Faith of Finger award if you know it !

  4. Curious George says:

    May she Rest In Peace – may her daughter be raised with much love.

  5. @ bendeguz79

    Q: Question to Hungarian Free Press and the high prophessor; Why there is NO Nobel prize for mathematic ?

    A: In order to keep you awake at night, nerd.

    Before you address me with another of puzzle that keeps you awake at night, please take a crash course in English grammar. I would also suggest, that on your way to your desk, please tip-toe past your your medicine cabinet lest you wake up the sleeping pills. Once you accomplished that mission, throw your alarm clock out the window. I guarantee, you will discover how time flies.

  6. Sameen Ahmed Khan says:

    Dr. Maryam Mirzakhani died on Friday the 14 July 2017 (19 Shawwal 1438).

    It is a big loss to the Scientific Community!

    http://news.stanford.edu/2017/07/15/maryam-mirzakhani-stanford-mathematician-and-fields-medal-winner-dies/

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maryam_Mirzakhani

    Sameen Ahmed Khan,
    First Muslim to be Awarded a Fields Medal,
    Radiance Viewsweekly, Volume LII, No. 26, pp 28-29 (28 September 2014 – 04 October 2014).
    http://radianceweekly.in/portal/issue/bjp-fails-to-respect-sentiments-of-lok-sabha-polls/article/first-muslim-to-be-awarded-a-fields-medal/

    Sameen

    Sameen Ahmed KHAN
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Mathematics and Sciences
    College of Arts and Applied Sciences (CAAS)
    Dhofar University
    Post Box No. 2509
    Postal Code: 211
    Salalah
    Sultanate of OMAN http://www.du.edu.om/
    http://SameenAhmedKhan.webs.com/
    http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=hZvL5eYAAAAJ
    http://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.url?authorId=8452157800

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