Several Iranian officials including President Hassan Rouhani and Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani have sent messages of condolences and sympathy after the death of Maryam Mirzakhani, the Iranian winner of the Fields Medal who died of cancer on Saturday.
In his message, President Rouhani said the demise of “the well-known mathematical genius” has caused deep sorrow for him.
The president further expressed condolences to the country’s scientific community and the bereaved family of Mirzakhani over her death.
Parliament Speaker Larijani, in his message of condolence, described Mirzakhani as a wise woman of science and an elite in world math whose demise has caused great sorrow.
First Vice-President Es’haq Jahangiri, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, senior conservative politician Gholam-Ali Haddad Adel, and senior reformist lawmaker Mohammad Reza Aref also offered sympathy over Mirzakhani’s death.
Health Minister Seyyed Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi said in his message of condolence that “it is hard to believe” the heartbreaking news of her death.
Zahra Ahmadipour, the head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization (ICHTO), referred to Mirzakhani as a spiritual heritage of the Iranian nation and a genius who solved the ‘equation of life’, rushing to meet her Creator.
“Iran and the world are shocked by the sudden incident,” she added.
The French Embassy in Tehran and Gary Lewis, the UN’s Resident Coordinator in Iran, also sent separate messages of condolences after her tragic death.