Persia Digest – It was 14 July 2017, when it was reported in the news that Maryam Mirzakhani the Iranian professor of mathematics at Stanford University and the first woman winner of the Fields Medal, has passed away from cancer at the age of 40.

One year later, it was reported that Adel Karimian, senior PhD student of electronic engineering at the University of Central Florida (UCF) was dead.

Karimian died of a heart attack at the age of 30. In 2003, he ranked seventh in Iran’s general university entrance exam and received his MA from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, but later left the country to continue his studies at the University of Orlando.

It seems that the death of Iranian elites in other countries is still continuing since it was only last week when reports said that Dr Babak Farzad, the first Iranian who won the medal of the world computer Olympiads passed away from cancer at the age of 39. Babak was the classmate of the late Maryam Mirzakhani.

He finished his BA degree at Sharif University of Technology and went to Canada for his PhD in Informatics in Toronto. He completed his Post-Doctoral at McGill University and became a professor at the University of Brock.