0111 GMT January 19, 2018
Quoting to the US American news channel, IRNA reported, “In recent month, her name was often invoked as an example of folly of President Trump’s Travel Ban.”
Mirzakhani — the first Iranian and also the first woman to win the Fields Medal which is known as the Nobel Prize of mathematics — was a 40-year-old professor of the Stanford University when she succumbed to cancer in a US hospital on Saturday.
In a report about Mirzakhani’s great achievements and her magnificent talents in mathematics, CBS mentioned the discriminatory Travel Ban by President Trump which has taken effect since June 29.
The new rules tighten visa policies affecting citizens from six Muslim majority nations: Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Iran.
People from those countries who need new visas will now have to prove a close family relationship or an existing relationship with an entity like a school or a business in the US.
In 1994, Mirzakhani was the first female Iranian student to have received a gold medal in mathematics.
In the 1995 Toronto International Mathematical Olympiad, she became the first Iranian student to receive a perfect score and win two gold medals.
Iranians who live in America are among the highest educated people in the US. They have historically excelled in business, academia, the sciences, arts, and entertainment.
According to Boston Globe newspaper, in a very recent instance of the US government applying the discriminatory Travel Ban rule, an Iranian cancer researcher traveling to the US to work as a visiting scholar at Boston Children’s Hospital was detained, along his wife and three children, aged six, three and seven months, upon entering Boston Logan International Airport, despite having a valid visiting work visa that was issued in May.
It is obvious that the world of science will suffer from such actions by the US government and the world cannot benefit from the major and magnificent scientists such as late Mirzakhani for the betterment of humanity.