A picture taken in the capital Tehran on July 16, 2017 shows the front pages of Iranian newspapers bearing portraits of the top female scientist Maryam Mirzakhani, who died of cancer a day earlier. AFP / ATTA KENARE
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Iranian media have hailed trailblazing Iran-born mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani following her death from cancer, with her image blazoned across newspaper front pages Sunday.In some cases newspapers even broke with tradition and portrayed Mirzakhani without her hair covered by a hijab – mandatory for women in public since the Islamic Republic's 1979 Revolution.Mirzakhani was born and studied in Iran before leaving to pursue her career in the United States.President Hassan Rouhani was among the first to react following news of her death, posting a recent picture of Mirzakhani on Instagram without her head covered.
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