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Iranian students win 10 medals at chemistry and math Olympiads

Iranian high school students received two gold, three silver, and one bronze medals in the 58th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO 2017) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Out of 111 countries, the Iranian team achieved fifth place after South Korea, Vietnam, China and USA.

Earlier this month, Iran ranked third in the 49th Chemistry Olympiad (IChO 2017), behind Taiwan and the USA. The event, that was held in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand hosted 297 students from 76 countries.

Team Iran at IMO 2017
Gold medal winners: Amir Mojtaba Sabur and Aryo Lotfi Jandaghi
Silver medal winners: Seyed Mahdavi Tikdari, Taha Miranzadeh and Farhood Rostamkhani
Bronze medal winner: Soroush Taslimi

Team Iran at IChO 2017
Gold medal winners: Amirabbas Kazeminia, Hossein Behnoush and Parsa Pirouz
Silver medal winner: Soroush Baniani

The best placed Iranian participant in the IMO’s hall of fame is Maryam Mirzakhani, the first and to-date only female winner of the Fields Medal since its inception in 1936. She earned a gold medal in 1994 and in 1995 she notched a perfect score and another gold medal, as the first female to compete with Iran’s International Mathematical Olympiad team.

The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is an annual six-problem mathematical olympiad for pre-college students, and is the oldest of the International Science Olympiads. The first IMO was held in Romania in 1959.

The International Chemistry Olympiad, one of the International Science Olympiads, is an annual academic competition for high school students. The first IChO was held 1968 in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

Sources: I, II, Wikipedia | IMO, Facebook @IMO2017Rio,,, Tehran Times, Wikipedia | IChO, Facebook @sak.otai

Photos: Spaghetti bridge competition in Tehran

The 3rd National Spaghetti Bridge Competition, organized by SBC, was held at Tehran’s Milad Tower. 670 students in 108 teams participated at the event.

A spaghetti bridge is a small scale model bridge made of spaghetti or other hard, dry, straight noodles. The aim is usually to construct a bridge with a specific quantity of materials over a specific span, that can sustain a load. In heavyweight competitions, the bridge that can hold the greatest load for a short period of time wins the contest.

Iranian civil engineering students ranked second in 2004 (load held: 19.17kg) and 2010 (load held: 184.3kg / 406.31lbs) at the Heavyweight Contest organized by Okanagan College in British Columbia, Canada. This competition, that started in 1983, is open to contestants around the world, however the rules state that contestants must be full-time secondary or post-secondary students.

Sources: Wikipedia | Spaghetti bridge, IRNA, Okanagan College 1, Okanagan College 2 (pdf), Azad News Agency, SBC (in Persian)

Iranian high school students win first place in the 9th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA)

Iranian high school students are in this year’s 9th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA) on top of the medal table with three gold, four silver and three bronze medals.

This year’s competition was held from July 26 to August 4 in the Indonesian city of Semarang with the participation of 41 countries. The IOAA is an annual international astronomy competition for high school students and was first held in Thailand in 2007

Arman Vasigh Zadeh Ansari, Fatemeh Zargar Bashi and Ali Zare won the gold medals, Saeed Hojjati Nejad, Saeed Morteza Sadat, Mohammad Hadi Sotoudeh and Ali-Reza Arjmand Shakouri won the silver medals and Ali Chegini, Parsa Nourozi and Seyed Ali Hadian Emrai won the bronze medals.

Special awards were also given to Fatemeh Zargar Bashi (Most Creative Solution) and to Ali Zare (Best Theory).

Related posts (other international successes): The other Iran | Education

Sources: Payvand News of Iran, IOAA 2015 Newsletter Vol.08 | Student rankings (p6), Special Awards and Honorable Mentions (p7), Medal distribution (p8) – (PDF), Facebook | IOAA 2015, IOAA 2015 | Photos


Iran puts on remarkable show at RoboCup 2015 in China

The 19th RoboCup Tournament took place from July 19th to July 23rd, 2015 in Hefei City, East China with more than 2000 participants from 47 countries. The Iranian teams achieved three first places, three second places and two third places along with top spots at technical challenges and other awards.

Many Iranian High Schools participated at the event. At the 2D Simulation RoboCup Soccer Competition, Phonix from Atomic Energy High School was awarded Best New Team, finishing 10th. At the same competition HERMES from Allameh Helli Highschool was 5th and Genius2015 from Ghazal High School, Shiraz was 11th.

Detailed results for top Iranian teams

1) RoboCup Rescue Competition
Rescue Simulation: 1st S.O.S (Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran), 2nd MRL (Mechatronic Research Lab, Islamic Azad University of Qazvin, Iran), 3rd SEU_Jolly (China)

Rescue Robot: 1st MRL (Iran), 2nd iRAP_Junior (Thailand), 3rd YRA (Islamic Azad University of Yazd, Iran) // Innovative User Interface Award: Hector Darmstadt (Germany) and MRL (Iran).

2) RoboCup Soccer Competition
Humanoid League – Adult Size: 1st THORwIn (USA), 2nd Baset Adult-Size (Baset Pazhuh Tehran Cooperation, Iran), 3rd HuroEvolution AD (Taiwan) // Technical challenges: 1st Baset Adult-Size (Iran), 2nd HuroEvolution AD (Taiwan) and CIT Brains Adult (Japan), 3rd THORwIn (USA)

Humanoid League – Teen Size: 1st Team Parand (Parand Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran), 2nd HuroEvolution TN (Taiwan), 3rd AUT-UofM (Amirkabir University of Technology – University of Manitoba, Iran – Canada) // Technical challenges: 1st HuroEvolution TN (Taiwan), 2nd place shared between WF Wolves & Taura Bots Teen (Germany & Brazil) and AUT-UofM (Iran & Canada)

Small Size: 1st CMDragons, Carnegie Mellon University (USA), 2nd MRL, Qazvin Islamic Azad University (Iran), 3rd ZJUNlict, Zhejiang University (China) // Technical challenges: 1st ER-Force (Germany), 2nd ZJUNlict (China), 3rd MRL (Iran)

Middle Size: 1st Water (China), 2nd TechUnited Eindhoven (Netherlands), 3rd ARES (China) // Technical challenges: 1st MRL (Iran), 2nd NuBot (China), 3rd Tech United Eindhoven (Netherlands)

2D Simulation: 1st WrightEagle, University of Science and Technology of China (China), 2nd HELIOS2015, Fukuoka University, Osaka Prefecture University, (Japan), 3rd Gliders2015, University of Sydney and CSIRO (Australia) // Best New Team: Phonix (Atomic Energy High School, Iran).

About RoboCup
RoboCup is an annual international robotics competition aiming to promote robotics and artificial intelligence research, by offering a publicly appealing, but formidable challenge. The name RoboCup is a contraction of the competition’s full name, “Robot Soccer World Cup”, but there are many other stages of the competition such as “RoboCupRescue”, “RoboCup@Home” and “RoboCupJunior”. The official goal of the project is “By the middle of the 21st century, a team of fully autonomous humanoid robot soccer players shall win a soccer game, complying with the official rules of FIFA, against the winner of the most recent World Cup.”

Other related articles: The other Iran | RoboCup

Sources: RoboCup 2015 | Results, Mehr News Agency | News 1, Wikipedia | RoboCup, Mehr News Agency | Photos, RoboCup Humanoid League, Mehr News Agency | News 2

Robotics competition in Kermanshah, Iran

Photos of the 2015 RoboMedal Tournament organized in Kermanshah. The first round was on May 19 and the finals on May 21. The top ranked teams will compete in international robotics tournaments.

Related post: The other Iran | Iran’s impressive track record in RoboCup

Sources: Tasnim News Agency | Photos,, Kermanshah | News

French mathematician Cedric Villani, 2010 Fields Medal winner, visited Iran

Cédric Villani, French mathematician and 2010 Fields medalist, hold a lecture on “Synthetic theory of Ricci curvature; when Monge meets Riemann” at the 4th Meeting on Contemporary Mathematics at the School of Mathemtics, Institute for Studies in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics (IPM). He also presented “Of planets, stars and eternity (stabilization and long-time behavior in classical celestial mechanics)” at Sharif University of Technology, University of Tehran and IPM-Isfahan.

About Cédric Villani Cédric Villani is a professor of mathematics at Université de Lyon and the director of Institut Henri Poincaré in Paris. In  2010,  Villani  was  awarded  the  Fields  Medal  for  his  proofs  of nonlinear  Landau damping  and  convergence  to  equilibrium  for the Boltzmann equation. His other honors and awards include the Fermat  Prize,  the  Henri  Poincaré  Prize  of  the  International Association of  Mathematical  Physics,  the  Prize  of  the  European Mathematical  Society  and  the  Jacques Herbrand  Prize  of  the French Academy of Sciences.

Villani’s visit to Sharif University of Technology: Sharif University of Technology | News
Villani’s visit to University of Tehran: University of Tehran | News

Related article: The other Iran | Photos: Graduation ceremony of Sharif University

Sources: School of Mathematics, IPM | Visitors (PDF), Jamejam Images (Photos: Taherkenareh)

Photos: Graduation ceremony of Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran

The graduation ceremony took place this month at Tehran’s Milad Tower.

Sharif University of Technology (SUT) is a public research university in Tehran, Iran, known traditionally to be first choice of top ranked Iranian high school and university students in engineering and physical sciences.

Undergraduate admission to Sharif is limited to the top 1 percent of students who pass the national entrance examination.

The university was founded in 1966 with the name Aryamehr Technical University by Dr. Mohammad Ali Mojtahedi. At that time, there were 54 faculty members and a total of 412 students who were selected by national examination. Also only four departments were established: Electrical, Metallurgical, Mechanical, and Chemical Engineering. Following the 1979 revolution the university was named after Majid Sharif Vaghefi, a former student who was killed in 1975.

Today the university has grown to an elite school with over 9000 students, 700 of whom are studying for a doctorate, and over 500 faculty members in 15 main departments. Funding for Sharif University is provided by the government and through private funding. The main campus of the university is in Tehran and it has also an International Campus on Kish Island.

Sharif University is known for its large number of alumni who join the academic world. Maryam Mirzakhani, first woman to win the Fields medal (the ‘Nobel Prize’ of mathematics), is an alumni of Sharif University. Other notable alumni from SUT: Wikipedia | SUT | Notable alumni

Further read: The other Iran | Graduation ceremony at Amirkabir University of Technology

Sources: Tasnim News Agency | Photos, Sharif University of Technology, Wikipedia | Sharif University of Technology

Iranian female researcher Soudabeh Davaran awarded a UNESCO Medal

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova presented the UNESCO Medal “For the Development of Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies” to eight laureates during a ceremony organized at UNESCO Headquarters on 10 April 2015.

The laureates of this 4th edition are Mr. Valentin Bukhtoyarov, Mr. Vladimir Fortov, Mr. Mikhail Kovalchuk and Mr. Mikhail Selyanin (Russian Federation), Ms. Constance Chang-Hasnain (United States), Ms. Tebello Nyokong (South Africa), Mr. Shem Wandiga (Keny) and Ms. Soodabeh Davaran (Iran).

The Medal was established in 2010 at the initiative of the Thematic group on “Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies” of the International Commission on the Development of the Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS) – one of the world’s largest knowledge bases on sustainable development, evolving under the aegis of UNESCO.

About Prof. Soudabeh Davaran
She got her Master of Science in Chemistry in 1990 and in 1996 her PhD in Polymer Chemistry from Tabriz University, Tabriz, Iran, where she is a Professor of Medicinal Chemistry since 2010. Her books include Dyehouse in Textile Industry, Advanced Nanoparticles in Biomedical Sciences and Impacts of Biodegradable Polymers Towards Biomedical Applications. She was considered one of the TOP 100 SCIENTISTS of 2008 and 2012 by the International Biographical Center of Cambridge.

She is currently researching in following fields:
– Preparation of biodegradable polymeric micro and nanoparticles for drug delivery
– Synthesis of polymeric nano-particles for application in detection and treatment of human cancer
– Synthesis, characterization of functionalized magnetic nano-particles for drug delivery
– Synthesis and evaluation of biodegradable polymers for protein-peptide drug delivery
– Bio-material Scaffold Development for regenerative medicine and drug delivery
– Development of oral insulin delivery systems

Sources: UNESCO Media Services | Eight UNESCO Medals awarded to nanotechnology and nano-science specialists, Faculty of Pharmacy at Tabriz University | Soudabeh Davaran

Sahar Pakseresht: Young Iranian woman wins the ‘The Young Innovators Competition’ of the International Telecom Union

The Young Innovators Competition has many challenges includes ‘Local Digital Content’, ‘Open Source Technologies for Disaster Management’ and ‘Smart Cities and Climate Change’.

Sahar Pakseresht was one of the participants of ‘Open Source Technologies for Disaster Management’ challenge.Her idea, called ‘NAJI’ has been selected as the winner of this challenge among almost 150 applications from a group of dedicated, exciting and motived young people from all over the world.

Sahar Pakseresht Young Iranian woman wins the ‘The Young Innovators Competition’ of the International Telecom UnionSo, What is ‘NAJI’? Naji (means savior in Persian) is a two part system, consisting of a bracelet that marks the user’s location and vital signs in a disaster, making rescue easier and a mobile application which streamlines requests for assistance from emergency personnel. It functions over a range of communication systems in order to make sure that it continues to function when needed, by switching from data to phone to SMS to USSD as needed.

What does NAJI do in details?

She says: “I faced the earthquake when I was 15 years old. It was the most horrible things in my life, I saw myself too close to death. I was wonder how to overcome to this fear and save lives of human with the help of technology.” Sahar wrote, “If I can save the life of one person then my mission is done successfully. Once I heard about this competition I found out that this competition is the way that I was always looking for to reach my goals.”

Source: – An Iranian girl is a winner of ITU Telecom World 2014

Photo gallery: Graduation ceremony at Amirkabir University of Technology in Tehran, Iran

Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT), formerly called the Tehran Polytechnic, is a public research university located in Tehran, Iran. AUT is one of the most prestigious universities, and the first established technical university in Iran, referred to as “Mother of Industrial Universities”.

Over 500 students of the Amir Kabir University of Technology celebrated their graduation in the university’s campus on Wednesday, January 14th.

The university was first founded by Habib Nafisi in 1958 and then developed by Dr. Mohammad Ali Mojtahedi, during the reign of the Pahlavi dynasty. Originally named the Tehran Polytechnic, it began its activities with five engineering departments. In 1978 the Tehran Polytechnic was renamed after the famed Iranian Prime Minister Amir Kabir (1807–1852).

Presently the university has grown to an elite school of science and engineering education with the capacity of about 10,000 students in 35 undergraduate majors, around 90 M.Sc. majors and 36 Ph.D. and post-doc programs. Acceptance in all levels of education in AUT is very competitive and only top students can enroll.

AUT has 15 departments including electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, polymer engineering, mathematics and computer science, chemical engineering, industrial engineering, civil and environmental engineering, physics and energy engineering, computer and information technology, mechanical engineering, mining and metallurgical engineering, textile engineering, petroleum engineering, ship engineering, and aerospace engineering. AUT has a well-equipped educational site in Bandar Abbas as well as an academic unit in Mahshahr.

The library and document center at AUT, the largest technical and engineering library in Iran’s capital, is one of the richest academic libraries in the technical and engineering field in the region. This library includes a central library and 16 satellite libraries in Tehran and Bandar Abbas. This library includes more than 5 million books which are mostly about computer.

Sources: Wikipedia | Amirkabir University of Technology, IRNA | Photos, Amirkabir University of Technology

Iran ranks first among 57 Islamic countries in terms of science and research

Iran stands first among Islamic states in terms of registering inventions, a ‘Science-Innovation Atlas of Islamic States’ report released by the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) said.

Based on the report presented in the 7th meeting of Islamic ministers of educations in Morocco, Iran ranks first among the 57 Islamic countries in terms of science and research.

Up to 50 percent of Islamic countries’ research papers are produced in Iran and Turkey, it said.



Iranian Prof. Behrokh Khoshnevis joins the US National Academy of Inventors (NAI)

Iranian professor joins US National Academy of Inventors

Professor Khoshnevis who is a Sharif Poly Technique University graduate, is well-known worldwide for his newly-developed three-dimensional building printing system.

An Iranian scholar and an associate professor at the University of South California joined the US National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

The NAI is an elite group of inventors which includes 21 Nobel laureates from across the world.

The institute brings together 414 leading inventors, 16 of whom have won the National Medal of Technology and Innovation and 10 have received the Great Seal of the US.

Dr. Khoshnevis who is Sharif Poly Technique University graduate is well-known worldwide for his newly-developed three-dimensional building printing system.

His robot system is able to construct a 2500-square feet building in 18-19 hours jointly with four other people.

He is now working on systems for quick construction of buildings on the moon and Mars.


He has several major inventions which have been either commercialized or are in the commercialization process. His educational activities at USC include the teaching of a graduate course on Invention and Technology Development. He routinely conducts lectures and seminars on the subject of invention. He is a NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Fellow, a Fellow member of the Society for Computer Simulation, and a Fellow member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. His inventions have received extensive worldwide publicity in acclaimed media such as New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Business Week, Der Spiegel, New Scientist, and national and international television and radio networks. Contour Crafting was selected as one of the top 25 out of more than 4000 candidate inventions by the History Channel Modern Marvels program and the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame; and has been identified as one of the major disruptive technologies of our time.



Iran’s Sharif University robots help treat cancer children

Researchers in Sharif University of Technology have accelerated the treatment of cancer in children using humanoid social robots.

The research paper submitted to 6th International Conference on Social Robotics University of Technology, Sydney, titled ‘Impact of a Social Humanoid Robot as a Therapy Assistant in Children Cancer Treatment,’ by Sharif University of Technology researchers Minoo Alemi, Ali Meghdari, Ashkan Ghanbarzadeh, Leila Jafari Moghadam, Anooshe Ghanbarzadeh, was awarded the best paper title.

Children suffering from cancer are subjected to higher levels of anorexia, anger, depression, and anxiety during chemotherapeutic treatments. The problem is a real challenge to psychologists in dealing with these children.


Humanoid robots are the most prevalent social robots which helped researchers including applied linguists, psychologists, and robot experts to plan a six-month research project in two specialized hospitals of Pediatric Center and Mahak.

They found that using humanoid robots contributed significantly in decreased levels of stress, anger and increased appetite in cancerous children.


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Majid Samii, the world-famous Iranian medical scientist, has been named by World Academy of Neurological Surgery as the world’s top neurosurgeon.

Iranian Professor Majid Samii Golden Neuron Award World's top neurosurgeon

Iranian Professor Majid Samii – Golden Neuron Award World’s top neurosurgeon

The world-renowned Iranian scientist in neurological surgery Professor Majid Samii has garnered the 2014 Golden Neuron Award.

The award was announced during a ceremony held at the biannual meeting of the World Academy of Neurological Surgery in Vienna on October 11.

Many leading scientists and neurological surgery scholars have flocked to the biannual meeting that kicked off on October 9 and will run until October 12.

Iranian neurosurgeon and medical scientist, Professor Samii, had earlier received the 2014 Leibniz Ring Prize in Berlin.

Prof. Samii is renowned worldwide for his life trajectory and especially for his work in the Project Africa 100.


Farzaneh Sharafbafi – female professor of Aeronautical Engineering

Farzaneh Sharafbafi

When it comes to air transportation few people know that the first woman who got a Ph.D. in aerospace is the very person whose invention in college years made her Iran’s top student of mechanical engineering.

Today she is the director of Training and Human Resources Development at the Iranian Civil Aviation Organization, head of Iran Air Aviation Training Center, deputy managing director of Iran Air, and a legal expert who arbitrates disputes among airlines. She is also a professor at Amir Kabir University of Technology and Shahid Sattari University of Aeronautical Engineering.

Zan-e Rooz (Today’s Woman) weekly featured an interview with Farzaneh Sharafbafi about the path she has taken and her goals. What comes below is an excerpt of the interview:

How come you developed an interest in this field?

Basically, a child’s character forms at an early age, between 10 and 12, when s/he faces questions about their future job. When I was a child I would repair home appliances on the fritz. My family provided me with the opportunity to learn through trial and error. I could fix all devices […] and I was very much interested in technical issues. That I could repair the vacuum cleaner prompted my parents to call me “The Engineer” at home. I started with simple things.

My dad was a physics professor at Sharif University and this helped me see many lab tests objectively. I had some inventions like airbag shoes under which I had placed a pair of spring to help the wearer jump higher […]

I was always an active student in school and took extracurricular courses. When I was admitted to university, I wanted to change the world. […] I was admitted to Sharif University to study shipbuilding.

Right then mechanical engineering had two subdivisions: aerospace and shipbuilding. The latter was not all that popular among women because its job prospects were dim.

What was the focus of your undergraduate thesis?

I chose a scientific topic and went so far as building a plane wing. It turned out to be a good one. […] I built the parts needed for the plane wing all by myself; I tried to learn machining because I wanted to build it all by myself. It was not easy to make a part. Thanks to my thesis, I finished first in mechanical engineering in Iran. […]

It was when I was hired by Iran Air. […] There we were trying to make something to cushion the blow of landing when the plane touched down.

We found a plane, disassembled its wheels and collected the needed items from different places. […] Humans can develop a better sense of appreciation through touching something than just talking about it. I wanted to go ahead and build the item. We did it but we worked our fingers to the bone, so to speak. […].

Later I became a Ph.D. student in Sharif University. I never skipped class. I attended my first class two days after I gave birth to my second kid.

What did you work on for your Ph.D. thesis?

I studied aircraft structures for MS. I pursued my studies in fracture mechanicsat the PhD level. It deals with a part when it breaks as a result of aging. I picked that since I was working at Iran Air and I could see firsthand that the planes were aging. I wanted to solve this problem.

I wondered if I could find the cause of such breakage and prove it mathematically. It took me about three and a half years to complete it. […]

As for the air industry, I’m seeking to find self-healing parts for planes, something which can repair itself in case of malfunctioning. This may sound hard to believe, but it could be done if we think outside the box. We can copy the models God has placed in nature, for instance, human skin which has a self-healing ability. I floated the idea in a conference. I’m still following that. […]

When I proved the math equation, I was told that I couldn’t release it in Iran and I had to have an essay released through the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) before getting my Ph.D. I was also told I had to find a foreign professor to register the equation under his/her name. Earlier I had sent an essay to England where a gentleman released it in his own name! I didn’t want to repeat that experience.

I had bad feelings because nobody supported me and I was about to miss a deadline to complete my Ph.D. program. I couldn’t register the work under another person’s name either. Finally I found a place in England which accepted to assess the essay for £600. My husband paid for it and my essay was accepted.

I was asked to go there and personally prove the case. It was a tough situation. I had no visa and it wasn’t an easy job to get to England in a few days. Furthermore, the conference was to be held in Southampton, which was quite a distance from London. At last, I secured my visa after going through many hardships and my husband and I went there. […]

When I arrived at the conference hall having the Islamic covering on, all participants surprisingly asked me, “Have you come from Iran?” and I said yes. They didn’t expect to see me there. An Israeli man who was a full professor was in the front row. He would ask anyone presenting their article two very difficult questions.

I solved the math problem to the best of my knowledge and ended my speech on time. It earned me an almost one-minute standing ovation. When I was asked what my final words were, I turned to the Israeli man and told him that I was ready to answer his questions, if any. “No need for that since everything was perfect,” he said. I felt a sense of pride for the honor I had earned for my homeland.

Source – Iran Front Page:

Roya Beheshti Zavareh – Associate Professor of Mathematics, winner of multiple important grants and honors

Roya Beheshti Zavareh

Roya Beheshti Zavareh

General Information
Born: 1977, Esfahan, Iran
Citizenship: Iranian

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Ph.D. in Mathematics, 1999-2003
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Johan de Jong

Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
B.S. in Mathematics, 1995-1999

Research Interests
Algebraic geometry

Associate Professor, Washington University in St. Louis, 2013 – present.
Assistant Professor, Washington University in St. Louis, 2007 – 2013.
Postdoctoral Fellow (Complementary Program), MSRI, Berkeley, 2006 – 2007
Postdoctoral Fellow, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, 2004 – 2006
Postdoctoral Fellow, Max-Planck-Institut fur Mathematik, Bonn, Germany, 2003 – 2004

National Science Foundation, DMS1204567, 07/2012-06/2015
Simons Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians, 2011-2016
AWM travel grant, June 2010
Fund for Scholarly and Professional Development (2006), Queen’s University

Rosenblith Fellowship, Department of Mathematics, MIT, 2000
Liberty Mutual Fellowship, Department of Mathematics, MIT, 1999
International Olympiad in Informatics (Netherlands 1995), bronze medal
International Mathematical Olympiad (Hong Kong 1994), silver medal


Roya Beheshti was class mate and friend of Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman winner of the Fields Prize (“Nobel Prize in Mathemathics”):

10 Iranians on list of World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds

Ten Iranian scientists have been named to Thomson Reuters’ list of The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014. The list includes more than 3,200 scientists from around the world who have published the highest number of articles that are cited the most frequently by other researchers.

See the full list at

The scientists have all recently published at least 15 papers with notably higher levels of citations.

Thomson Reuters is a leading producer of bibliometric statistics and one of the main sources of impact factors used in the assessment of scientific articles and careers.

Professor Hossein Baharavand – Iranian Scientist Wins UNESCO Biology Award

Professor Hossein Baharavand from the Stem Cell Research Center of Royan Institute was qualified to win the 2014-2015 UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize.

UNESCO-Equatorial prize is awarded to those projects and activities of an individual, individuals, institutions, other entities or non-governmental organizations for scientific research in life sciences, which have led to improving the quality of human life.

Hossein Baharvand is an Iranian stem cell and developmental biologist and director of Iran’s Royan Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Technology.


Hossein Baharvand was born in 1972 and obtained his PhD degree in 2004 in the field of Developmental Biology from Khwarizmi University (formerly Tarbiat Moallem University), Tehran, Iran.


He began work at the Royan Institute in Tehran from 1996. He is currently full professor and head of Department of Stem Cells and Developmental Biology at Royan institute for Stem Cell Biology and Technology.


Moreover, Baharvand is the head of department of Developmental Biology at University of Science and Culture in Tehran.


He and his colleagues have established several human embryonic stem cell lines since 2003 and later human induced pluripotent stem cells. This has enabled them to pursue many avenues of research into methods of generating therapeutic cells from stem cells and made them the pioneer in stem cell research throughout the Middle East.


Professor Baharvand has published more than 150 peer-review papers in national and international journals, as well as 4 international books and 9 books in Persian. He is editor of Trends in Stem Cell Biology and Technology book. He is an editorial board member of five international journals. He has won 11 national and international awards and presented as invited speaker in several meetings.

Azam Iraji Zad – first Iranian (woman) selected as member of COMEST

Azam Iraji Zad, faculty member of Sharif University of Technology Physics Department was selected as member of the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST). According to Public Relations Department of National Elites Foundation, she is the first Iranian scientist admitted to the commission.

COMEST is an advisory body and forum of reflection that was set up by UNESCO in 1998.

It is composed of eighteen leading scholars from scientific, legal, philosophical, cultural and political disciplines from various regions of the world.

The Commission is mandated to formulate ethical principles that could provide decision-makers with criteria that extend beyond purely economic considerations.



Iranian Mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani: The first woman to win the “Nobel Prize of Mathematics”

Maryam Mirzakhani

Maryam Mirzakhani is the first woman to ever win the Fields Medal – known as the “Nobel Prize of mathematics” – in recognition of her contributions to the understanding of the symmetry of curved surfaces. […]

Mirzakhani was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. As a young girl she dreamed of becoming a writer. By high school, however, her affinity for solving mathematical problems and working on proofs had shifted her sights. […]

She became known to the international math scene as a teenager, winning gold medals at both the 1994 and 1995 International Math Olympiads – she finished with a perfect score in the latter competition. Mathematicians who would later be her mentors and colleagues followed the mathematical proofs she developed as an undergraduate.

After earning her bachelor’s degree from Sharif University of Technology in 1999, she began work on her doctorate at Harvard University under the guidance of Fields Medal recipient Curtis McMullen. […] —By Bjorn Carey for Stanford University

Interesting Interview with Mirzakhani by The Guardian:

G: What are some of your earliest memories of mathematics?

I grew up in a family with three siblings. My parents were always very supportive and encouraging. It was important for them that we have meaningful and satisfying professions …

In many ways, it was a great environment for me, though these were hard times during the Iran-Iraq war. My older brother was the person who got me interested in science in general. He used to tell me what he learned in school. My first memory of mathematics is probably the time that he told me about the problem of adding numbers from 1 to 100. I think he had read in a popular science journal how Gauss solved this problem. The solution was quite fascinating for me.

G: What experiences and people were especially influential on your mathematical education?

I was very lucky in many ways. The war ended when I finished elementary school; I couldn’t have had the great opportunities that I had if I had been born 10 years earlier. I went to a great high school in Tehran – Farzanegan – and had very good teachers. I met my friend Roya Beheshti during the first week of middle school. It is invaluable to have a friend who shares your interests, and it helps you stay motivated.

Our school was close to a street full of bookstores in Tehran. I remember how walking along this crowded street, and going to the bookstores, was so exciting for us. We couldn’t skim through the books like people usually do here in a bookstore, so we would end up buying a lot of random books. Also, our school principal was a strong-willed woman who was willing to go a long way to provide us with the same opportunities as the boys’ school.

Later, I got involved in Math Olympiads that made me think about harder problems. As a teenager, I enjoyed the challenge. But most importantly, I met many inspiring mathematicians and friends at Sharif University. The more I spent time on mathematics, the more excited I became.

G: Could you comment on the differences between mathematical education in Iran and in the US?

It is hard for me to comment on this question since my experience here in the US is limited to a few universities, and I know very little about the high school education here. However, I should say that the education system in Iran is not the way people might imagine here. As a graduate student at Harvard, I had to explain quite a few times that I was allowed to attend a university as a woman in Iran. While it is true that boys and girls go to separate schools up to high school, this does not prevent them from participating say in the Olympiads or the summer camps. […]

G: What advice would you give those who would like to know more about mathematics – what it is, what its role in society has been, and so son?

This is a difficult question. I don’t think that everyone should become a mathematician, but I do believe that many students don’t give mathematics a real chance. I did poorly in math for a couple of years in middle school; I was just not interested in thinking about it. I can see that without being excited mathematics can look pointless and cold. The beauty of mathematics only shows itself to more patient followers.
Source: The Guardian

Excerpts of an article by Erica Klarreich published in Quanta Magazine that shows some other interesting aspects about her personality:

With her low voice and steady, gray-blue eyes, Mirzakhani projects an unwavering self-confidence. She has an equal tendency, however, toward humility. Asked to describe her contribution to a particular research problem, she laughed, hesitated and finally said: “To be honest, I don’t think I’ve had a very huge contribution.” And when an email arrived in February saying that she would receive what is widely regarded as the highest honor in mathematics — the Fields Medal, which will be awarded today at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Seoul, South Korea — she assumed that the account from which the email was sent had been hacked.

Other mathematicians, however, describe Mirzakhani’s work in glowing terms. […]

As a child growing up in Tehran, Mirzakhani had no intention of becoming a mathematician. Her chief goal was simply to read every book she could find. She also watched television biographies of famous women such as Marie Curie and Helen Keller, and later read “Lust for Life,” a novel about Vincent van Gogh. These stories instilled in her an undefined ambition to do something great with her life — become a writer, perhaps. […]

In her first week at the new school, she made a lifelong friend, Roya Beheshti, who is now a mathematics professor at Washington University in St. Louis. As children, the two explored the bookstores that lined the crowded commercial street near their school. Browsing was discouraged, so they randomly chose books to buy. “Now, it sounds very strange,” Mirzakhani said. “But books were very cheap, so we would just buy them.”

To her dismay, Mirzakhani did poorly in her mathematics class that year. Her math teacher didn’t think she was particularly talented, which undermined her confidence. At that age, “it’s so important what others see in you,” Mirzakhani said. “I lost my interest in math.”

The following year, Mirzakhani had a more encouraging teacher, however, and her performance improved enormously. “Starting from the second year, she was a star,” Beheshti said. […]

In 1994, when Mirzakhani was 17, she and Beheshti made the Iranian math Olympiad team. Mirzakhani’s score on the Olympiad test earned her a gold medal. The following year, she returned and achieved a perfect score. […]

After completing an undergraduate degree in mathematics at Sharif University in Tehran in 1999, Mirzakhani went to graduate school at Harvard University, where she started attending McMullen’s seminar. […]

She started going to McMullen’s office and peppering him with questions, scribbling down notes in Farsi.

“She had a sort of daring imagination,” recalled McMullen, a 1998 Fields medalist. “She would formulate in her mind an imaginary picture of what must be going on, then come to my office and describe it. At the end, she would turn to me and say, ‘Is it right?’ I was always very flattered that she thought I would know.”
Read on here: Quanta Magazine

Other interesting articles on Mirzakhani in

Iranian female and men students win several medals at International Mathematics Competition 2014

Tehran’s Sharif University of Technology students won two gold and four bronze medals at the 21st International Mathematics Competition for University Students.

73 teams from around the world participated in the competition held in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, from July 29 to August 4.

Mina Dalir-Rouyfard and Pedram Safayei gwere awarded gold medals and Mojtaba Tefaq, Mahed Abroshan, Morteza Soltanipour and Mohammad Hassan Gol-Mohammadian earned bronze medals.

The competition consisted of two sessions of five hours each. Problems were posed from the fields of algebra, analysis (real and complex), geometry and combinatorics. The working language was English.

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Iranian teams shine at International Robo Cup 2014 in Brazil

RoboCup Rescue – Simulation League
– Virtual Robot Competition
1st place: MRL, Qazvin Azad

– Agent Competition
1st place: S.O.S, AmirkabirUniversity
2nd place: MRL, Qazvin Azad

RoboCup Rescue – Robot League
2nd place: MRLQIAU, Qazvin Azad
Best-in-Class Small UAV:   YRA, Islamic Azad University of Yazd
Best-In-Class Mobility: MRL, Qazvin Azad
Best-In-Class Manipulation: YRA, Islamic Azad University of Yazd

RoboCup Soccer Humanoid League
– TeenSize Competition
1st place: Baset TeenSize, Baset

– KidSize Competition
3rd place: Baset KidSize, Baset

Source: RoboCup 2014

Iranian students gear up solar car for US challenge

Farkhondeh Naziri, 20, in charge of electronics on the project and the only female member of the team from Qazvin Azad University, said they plan to optimize the car’s absorption of solar energy based on the route it plans to take.

“We first do a simulation of the actual race course and study the weather conditions there. Then we try to calculate what the sun’s angles would be during the eight-days,” she said.

The car’s predecessor, the Havin-1, ranked 17th in the 2011 World Solar Challenge in Australia.


Prof. Richard Foltz: Canadian Iranologist says that Iranian people have historically attached high importance to love and beauty, and gives his view on Iranian contributions to science

Prof. Richard Foltz: The Importance of Love Is at the Center of Iranian Spirituality

Prof. Richard Foltz is a specialist in the history of Iran and the history of religions. He has extensively studied Islam and Zoroastrianism and teaches at the Department of Religion at Concordia University, Montréal, Canada. He holds a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern history from Harvard University and also has a degree in Persian language from the University of Utah.

Q: Which of the great Iranian poets fascinate you the most?

A: I admire Ferdowsi for the purity of his language, Mowlana (Rumi) for his emotional intensity, Sa’di for his wit, and Hafiz for the richness of his expression.

Q: How did the emergence of Islam contribute to the progress of science, arts and culture in Iran? We already know that people such as Al-Farabi, Avicenna, Al-Khawrizmi and Rhazes rose to prominence in the post-Islamic era. What’s your viewpoint regarding the impact of Islam on the scientific and artistic achievements of the Iranians?

A: I would put it the other way around, and say that Iranians had a major impact on the development of Islamic civilization. The academy at Gundeshapour, which was the most important academic institution in the world during Sassanid times, is a prime example of this; it simply became Islamicized after the Arab conquests. Iranians were an advanced nation before the coming of Islam and they were central to the emergence of the civilization we refer to as Islamic. The great cultural achievements of the Abbasid period were largely due to Iranians, but these ideas did not emerge suddenly out of a vacuum; they were built on ideas that already existed in the past.

Q: And finally, what’s your viewpoint regarding the contribution of Iranian artists, scientists and scholars to the international community?

A: I can say that here in Canada Iranians are statistically the second most highly educated immigrant group, after the Germans. I guess in the US the situation is similar. In most fields there exist prominent Iranians, as one would expect from such a rich and long-established culture.

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Iran’s impressive trackrecord in RoboCup

Iran's Medals in International RoboCup Competitions

Iran’s Medals in International RoboCup Competitions

Sources: RoboCup 2010, RoboCup 2011, RoboCup 2012

The first gold medal in RoboCup that I can remember of goes back to 1999. Unfortunately I only have german sources for that:,

About RoboCup
RoboCup is an annual international robotics competition founded in 1997. The aim is to promote robotics and AI research, by offering a publicly appealing, but formidable challenge. The name RoboCup is a contraction of the competition’s full name, “Robot Soccer World Cup”, but there are many other stages of the competition such as “RoboCupRescue”, “RoboCup@Home” and “RoboCupJunior”. (Source: Wikipedia | RoboCup)

9th RoboCup Iran Open – International competition kicked of in Tehran with 388 teams from US, UK, France, Portugal, Italy, Germany, …

The 9th RoboCup Iran Open competitions and symposium officially kicked off in Tehran on Wednesday. This event provides an environment to present and share scientific achievements in the areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics.

The competition hosts 388 teams from Iran, US, UK, France, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Sweden, The Netherlands, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, China, Thailand, India, Pakistan, UAE, Canada, Turkey, Colombia, Egypt and Indonesia.

Iran’s international robocup competition is among the top premier robotic competitions worldwide.

Source: Payvand | Photos: 9th International Robocup Competition Kicks Off In Tehran

Article on some of Iran’s RoboCup successes in the near past:
The other Iran | Iran’s impressive trackrecord in RoboCup

Statues of 4 Iranian scientists, astronomer, physicist at the UN office in Vienna Austria

Photo: ‎در مقابل ساختمان سازمان ملل در کشور اتریش شهر وین ، تندیس چهار ستاره شناس پزشک و عالم بزرگ تاریخ را ساخته اند ...    1- ابو علی سینا( ابوعلی حسین بن عبدالله بن سینا، مشهور به ابوعلی سینا و ابن سینا و پور سینای بلخی (زادهٔ ۳۵۹ ه. ش در بخارا -درگذشتهٔ ۲ تیر ۴۱۶ در همدان، ۹۸۰-۱۰۳۷ میلادی) فیلسوف و دانشمند ایرانی ، نویسنده کتاب شفا یک دانشنامه علمی و فلسفی جامع است و القانون فی الطب یکی از معروف‌ترین آثار تاریخ پزشکی است    2- ابوریحان البیرونی ( ابوریحان محمد بن احمد بیرونی<br /><br /><br />  زادهٔ ۱۴ شهریور ۳۵۲، کاث، خوارزم -<br /><br /><br />  درگذشتهٔ ۲۲ آذر ۴۲۷، غزنین) ، دانشمند بزرگ و ریاضی‌دان، ستاره‌شناس، تقویم‌شناس، انسان‌شناس، هندشناس و تاریخ‌نگار بزرگ ایرانی در سده چهارم و پنجم هجری است. بیرونی را بزرگ‌ترین دانشمند مسلمان و یکی از بزرگ‌ترین دانشمندان ایرانی و همه اعصار می‌دانند. همین‌طور او را پدر علم انسان‌شناسی و هندشناسی می‌دانند.    3- حکیم خیام نیشاپوری (نام کامل: غیاث‌الدین ابوالفتح عُمَر بن ابراهیم خیام نیشابوری - زادهٔ ۲۸ اردیبهشت ۴۲۷ خورشیدی در نیشابور - درگذشته ۱۲ آذر ۵۱۰ خورشیدی در نیشابور) فیلسوف،<br /><br /><br />  ریاضی‌دان، ستاره‌شناس و رباعی سرای ایرانی<br /><br /><br />  در دورهٔ سلجوقی    4- زکریای رازی ( ابوبکر محمّد زَکَریای رازی ۲۵۱ ه.ق. – ۳۱۳ ه.ق.) پزشک، فیلسوف و شیمی‌دان ایرانی که آثار ماندگاری در زمینهٔ پزشکی و شیمی و فلسفه نوشته است و به‌عنوان کاشف الکل و جوهر گوگرد (اسید سولفوریک) مشهور است.    اين چهار دانشمند در زير چهار طاقی بزرگ ايران تربيت يافتند و دانش خويش را به چهار سوی جهان پراکنده اند، که يادآور مشارکت مردم ايران در دانش و علوم نوع بشر می باشد. جالب است بدانید معماری این طاق همانطور که مشاهده می شود همانند معماری پارسه بنا شده است.‎
Statues of 4 Iranian Scientists,Astronomer,Physisian opposit the Building of UN office in Wien Austria
Ibn Sina, Avicenna, was a Persian who wrote almost 450 works on a wide range of subjects, of which around 240 have survived. In particular, 150 of his surviving works concentrate on philosophy and 40 of them concentrate on medicine. His most famous works are The Book of Healing, a vast philosophical and scientific encyclopedia, and The Canon of Medicine,[8] which was a standard medical text at many medieval universities.


Abu reyhan Biruni,
(born 4/5 September 973 in Kath, Khwarezm,] died 13 December 1048 in Ghazni)was a PersianKhwarezmian Muslim scholar and polymath from the Khwarezm region.Al-Biruni is regarded as one of the greatest scholars of the medieval Islamic era and was well versed in physics, mathematics, astronomy, and natural sciences

Umar Khayyam Nishaburi,
(18 May 1048 – 4 December 1131; Persian‎,  was a Persian polymath, philosopher, mathematician, astronomer and poet. He also wrote treatises on mechanics, geography, mineralogy, music

Muhammad ibn Zakariyā Rāzī(Persian(854 CE – 925 CE), was a Persian,polymath, physician, alchemist and chemist, philosopher and important figure in the history of medicine and as the discoverer of alcohol and vitriol (sulfuric acid) is well known.[

Ref. Wikipedia

Varand Armenian-Iranian poet and Professor of Armenian literature in Tehran

Varand (also known as Soukias Hacob Koorkchian (Persian: سوکیاس هاکوب کورکجیانArmenian: Վարանդ Քիւրքչեան) born March 10, 1954, Tehran is an Iranian poet, playwright, lyricist, author, translator and painter of Armenian descent. He has published 27 collections of poetry since 1972.
He translates both Persian classics as well as modern poetry into the Armenian language.
Varand was the chairman of the Armenian Writers Society of Iran founded in 1961 for over ten years and the professor of the Armenian literature at Azad University of Foreign Languages in Tehran.
Some of his works:
The Road of The Sun (1972) Tehran
Sword And Shadow (1982) Tehran
Roses of Sin (1989) Tehran
Leave of No Return (1999) Tehran
The Sun of Iran In My Soul (2009) Persian Poetry

Alenush Terian “Mother of Modern Iranian Astronomy”


“Mother of Modern Iranian Astronomy”

Alenush Terian was born in 1920 to an Armenian family in Tehran, Iran. After graduating in 1947 from the Science Department of the University of Tehran, she began her career in the physics laboratory of the same University. She was promoted the same year as the chief of laboratory operations.In france 1956 she obtained her doctorate in Atmospheric Physics from Sorbonne University.

Upon this she returned to Iran and became Assistant Professor in thermodynamics at University of Tehran. Later she worked in Solar Physics in the then West Germany for a period of four months through a scholarship that was awarded by the German government to University of Tehran. In 1964 Dr Terian became the first female Professor of Physics in Iran.

In 1966, Professor Terian became Member of the Geophysics Committee of University of Tehran. In 1969 she was elected chief of the Solar Physics studies at this university and began to work in the Solar Observatory of which she was one of the founders. Professor Terian retired in 1979. She proved to the world that not only being a women, but also being part of a both a ethnic and religious minority. You can succeed.

The Armenian scientist was honored during a birthday ceremony in the Iranian capital,  to commemorate the 90th birthday of Iran’s first female astronomer, physics professor and founder of modern Iranian astronomy. Members of the Iranian Parliament and more than hundered Armenians paid tribute to the Armenian scientist.

“She always said she had a daughter named sun and a son named moon,” said lawmaker Hassan Ghafourifard, Terian’s former student at Tehran University. Alenoush Terian passed away in March 4, 2011 at the age of 90 years.


Researchers at Iran’s Sharif University received a US patent

“Researchers at Iran’s Sharif University of Technology managed to receive a US patent issued under the title of ‘Single-Sided Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Having A Vertical Patterned Structure’ and publication number of US20110220192.”

““We have proposed a novel structure for the solar cells which can eliminate the unnecessary formation of the conductive glasses–a major cost-intensive byproduct in the course of solar cells manufacturing,” Nima Taqavinia, associate professor at Sharif University of Technology, was quoted”


Maysam Ghovanloo develops system to control wheelchair with tongue

Maysam Ghovanloo, an Iranian engineer at the Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT), has developed the “Tongue Drive System” (TDS), a wireless, wearable device that allows the user to operate computers and control electric wheelchairs with movements of the tongue.

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“Maysam Ghovanloo received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, in 1994 and the M.S. degree in biomedical engineering from the Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 1997. He also received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI in 2003 and 2004, respectively. His Ph.D. research was on developing a modular wireless microsystem for Micromachined neural stimulating microprobes…In the summer of 2002, he was with the Advanced Bionics Inc., Sylmar, CA, working on the design and development of spinal-cord stimulators. From 2004 to 2007 he was an assistant professor at the Department of ECE in the North Carolina State University, Raleigh. In June 2007 he joined the faculty of Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, where he is currently an assistant professor at the School of ECE and the founding director of the GT-Bionics laboratory.”




Iran at forefront of stem cell research

“Though the world’s attention has focused on Iran’s advancing nuclear program, Iranian scientists have moved to the forefront in embryonic stem cell research, according to a recent joint study by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.”
—Source: The Washington Times

“Thirty years after the toppling of the Shah in Iran, the nation is undergoing another revolution of sorts. Iran is investing heavily in stem cell research, and despite researchers working with limited access to laboratory equipment and resources, the country may emerge as a scientific force to be reckoned with in the stem cell field.”
—Source: The Scientist


Nanotechnology in Iran: Well Organised and Impressive

“Iran has always been a source of fascination, a place of ancient culture and history and now a country making a lot of noise about science and technology, so I was pleased to be invited by the Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council to attend the Iran Nano 2011 exhibition in Tehran.
As I’d spent the previous few days in Taiwan at the Taiwan Nano 2011 exhibition, it was a good opportunity to contrast the two events and try to judge whether there was any truth to the claims that Iran is becoming a world-class player in nanotechnology.

The unique aspect of Iranian nanotechnology is that because of the various international sanctions over the past thirty years it’s not the kind of place where you can just order an AFM or an electron microscope from a major US or Japanese supplier.”

About the author:
Tim Harper, International Innovation Strategist, Entrepreneur, Emerging Technologies & Keynote Speaker

“Iran Ranks 9th in Nanotechnology in World”


Iran in the “International Science Ranking” (2012)

“According to the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), Iran increased its academic publishing output nearly tenfold from 1996 to 2004, and has been ranked first globally in terms of output growth rate (followed by China with a 3 fold increase).”

Iranian scientists to receive UNESCO Award

Four Iranian scientists ranked in the list of Islamic World’s top scholars are to receive UNESCO Award.

The scientists include Abbas Shafiee Professor of Faculty of Pharmacy of Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Mojtaba Shamsipour Professor of Chemistry in Razi University, Mohsen Nemat Gorgani Professor of Biochemistry in Tehran University and Ali Akbar Sabouri Professor of Biophysics of Tehran University.

Burton Richter, an American Nobel laureate in physics at Sharif University in Tehran

” ‘The students here are very impressive,’ Richter said, lauding the high level of education at Sharif. […]

The country’s leaders […] invest heavily in scientific and industrial achievement. […]

Iranian scientists claim breakthroughs in nanotechnology, biological researchers are pushing the boundaries of stem cell research and the country’s car industry produces more cars than anywhere else in the region.”

Source: The Washington Post | Iran Makes the Sciences A Part of Its Revolution by Thomas Erdbrink

International Math Olympiads – Iran’s performance compared to EU3 (Britain, France, Germany)

In the last 20 years (1993-2013), Iran has almost always achieved a better ranking in the international math olympiads than the EU3.

Iran has been all this time in the Top 20.


Prof. Cumrun Vafa – reciepient of the Dirac Medal (2008) and the Eisenbud Prize

Remarkable people with Iranian roots

Cumrun Vafa (born 1960 in Tehran) is an Iranian-American leading string theorist from Harvard University where he started as a Harvard Junior Fellow. He is a recipient of the 2008 Dirac Medal.

He graduated from Alborz High School and went to the US in 1977. He got his undergraduate degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a double major in physics and mathematics. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1985 under the supervision of Edward Witten. He then became a junior fellow at Harvard, where he later got a junior faculty position. In 1989 he was offered a senior faculty position, and he has been there ever since. Currently, he is the Donner Professor of Science at Harvard University. Ref:Wikipedia

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Professor Parvaneh Vosough: “Iran’s Mother Theresa”

Parvaneh-VosoughProfessor Parvaneh Vosough was born in 1935 in Tafresh, central Iran. She received her MD in general medicine in 1963 in Tehran University of Medical Science. She completed her specialty and sub-specialty in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Illinois Universities, and she attended Washington University for her graduate course. In 1971 she returned to Iran and practiced her profession in Ali Asghar Hospital in Tehran.

Her colleagues say that many times, she had been proposed residence of US and European countries for research and lucrative income, but that she had chosen providing free service to her country’s cancer-suffering children.

In the course of her medical services, Professor Vosough treated many cancer-suffering children around the world, giving them health, and she had never married. Perhaps for this reason, she was called ‘Iran’s Mother Theresa’ by some people.

Source: Payvand News | Prof. Parvaneh Vosough, angel of Iran’s Cancer Children, passes away

Iran’s track record in the International Math Olympiad vs other Middle Eastern countries

The following figure shows Iran’s ranking (the lower the better) at the International Math Olympiad compared to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Turkey and Israel over the last 20 years. Over this period Iran has been in the top 20 of the world.


Sepideh Mahabadi: Second woman to win gold in the history of the International Olympiads in Informatics

Sepideh Mahabadi received 2011 her B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from the Sharif University of Technology, Iran. That year she moved to the United States to continue her studies. In 2013 she received her M.Sc. and in 2017 her PhD from the MIT.

When she was 18 years old she made history at the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) after receiving a gold medal. She was the only female contestant to win a gold medal that year and the second woman to win a gold medal in the history of the Olympiad.

The IOI is one of the most prominent computer science competitions in the world. In 2007 the event was held in Croatia and gathered nearly 300 top students from 75 countries. Sina Sadeghian, Saeed Reza Sedighin, and Hesamodin Akhlaghpor, the other members of Iran’s team, won three silver medals.

Sepideh Mahabadi is a postdoctoral research scientist with an appointment at the Simons Collaboration on Algorithms and Geometry based at Columbia University.

More articles on Iranian successes in science competitions

Sources: Press TV, MIT, Simons Foundation, (IOI 2007)

Prof. Mahmud Hesabi – great Iranian scientist and student of Albert Einstein

Mahmud Hesabi (February 23, 1903-September 3, 1992) was a prominent Iranian scientist, researcher and distinguished professor of the University of Tehran.


At the early age of seventeen he obtained his Bachelor’s in Arts and Sciences from the American University of Beirut. Later he obtained his B.A. in civil engineering while working as a draftsman. After a short period of time he obtained a B.A. in mathematics and astronomy.


In 1947, he published his classic papers on “continuous particles”. Then he proposed his model of “infinitely extended particles” in 1957. The medal of the commandeur de la Légion d’honneur, France’s greatest scientific medal, was awarded to him for his achievements.


Mahmud Hesabi was the only Iranian student of Albert Einstein and during his years of scientific research he had meetings with well-known scientists such as Erwin Schrodinger, Max Born, Enrico Fermi, Paul Dirac, Aage Niels Bohr, and scholars such as Bertrand Russell and André Gide.


Mahmud Hesabi

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Iranian students win grand prize in Malaysian 2013 Chem-E-Car Competition attended by 35 teams

Hossein Hassan-zadeh, a chemistry engineering student at Poly Technique University of Orumiyeh, northwestern Iran, said the competition was involved of the two sections of poster and performance, and the Iranian team was granted the prize considering its points in the two sections.

The team ranked 3rd in the previous round of competitions held in Singapore.

In Chem-E-Car Competition, the chemistry and chemistry engineering students are competing in building cars whose motive force is supplied by a chemical reaction.

The cars used in the matches should be self-controlled and not to start moving through pushing or tuning. Using dry battery or other batteries, mechanical or chemical braking systems, mechanical or electronic timing tools to end the chemical reaction is banned.

Iranian Neurologist Professor Majid Samii Wins Leibniz Ring Prize

Remarkable people with Iranian roots

Iranian neurologist has won the Leibniz Ring Prize in Germany. The prize is given to Personalities who have made contributions to human development.


Prof. Samii is renowned worldwide for his life trajectory and specially for his work in the Project Africa 100. Investing in educating African neuroscientists in order to give these physicians incentives to stay in their home countries. This long lasting bridge building is based on knowledge transfer between professionals on different continents. Prof. Samii has also made partnerships with neurologists in Iran.


During his speech, Prof. Samii touched upon the importance of investing in training programs for African medical staff, especially in the field of neurosciences. He said the continent needs the investment for sustainable development and growth.

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Iranian doctor received the award of the greatest world woman inventor in 2013

Remarkable people with Iranian roots

An Iranian doctor from Mashad Medical Science University received the award of the greatest world woman inventor in Geneva International Festival for Inventions in year 2013.

Dr. Zahra Alizadeh Thani, who is a specialist in radiology of heart and coroners, also received gold medal and special award of 41st Geneva Festival in addition to her award as the world inventor.

Dr. Alizadeh Thani has invented a device to determine level of tightness of heart coroners.

The device also makes it possible to determine if the patient needs angioplasty.

Zahra Alizadeh Thani - Greatest world women inventor 2013

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The Star Students of Iran


In 2003, administrators at Stanford University’s Electrical Engineering Department were startled when a group of foreign students aced the notoriously difficult Ph.D. entrance exam, getting some of the highest scores ever. The surprising thing, say Stanford administrators, is that the majority came from one country and one school: Sharif University of Science and Technology in Iran.

Stanford has become a favorite destination of Sharif grads. Bruce A. Wooley, a former chair of the Electrical Engineering Department, has said that’s because Sharif now has one of the best undergraduate electrical-engineering programs in the world. That’s no small praise given its competition: MIT, Caltech and Stanford in the United States, Tsinghua in China and Cambridge in Britain.

Iranian students from Sharif and other top schools, such as the University of Tehran and the Isfahan University of Technology, have also become major players in the international Science Olympics, taking home trophies in physics, mathematics, chemistry and robotics. As a testament to this newfound success, the Iranian city of Isfahan recently hosted the International Physics Olympiad–an honor no other Middle Eastern country has enjoyed.


Iranian students are developing an international reputation as science superstars. Stanford’s administrators aren’t the only ones to notice. Universities across Canada and Australia, where visa restrictions are lower, report a big boom in the Iranian recruits; Canada has seen its total number of Iranian students grow 240 percent since 1985, while Australian press reports point to a fivefold increase over the past five years, to nearly 1,500.


Part of the explanation, says Mohammad Mansouri, a Sharif grad (’97) who’s now a professor in New York, lies in the tendency of Iranian parents to push their kids into medicine or engineering as opposed to other fields, like law.


Several Sharif alumni point to one other powerful motivator. “When you live in Iran and you see all the frustrations of daily life, you dream of leaving the country, and your books and studies become a ticket to a better life,” says one who asked not to be identified. “It becomes more than just studying,” he says. “It becomes an obsession, where you wake up at 4 a.m. just to get in a few more hours before class.”

Iran’s success, in other words, is also the country’s tragedy: students want nothing more than to get away the moment they graduate. That’s a boon for foreign universities and tech firms but a serious source of brain drain for the Islamic Republic.

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Iranian physicists participate in CERN, Professor receives award from American Physical Society

Professor Farhad Ardalan received the APS fellowship award from Jon Clark the president of the International Forum of American Physical Society. For pioneering work in applications of non-commutative geometry in string theory and gauge theories, and for promoting the participation of Iranian scientists in CERN and Middle-East programs.


CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is one of the world’s largest and most respected centres for scientific research.


Founded in 1954, the CERN Laboratory sits astride the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva. It was one of Europe’s first joint ventures and now has 20 Member States.

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The Iranian involved in the Apollo Project passes away

Remarkable people with Iranian roots

Prominent Iranian mathematician Professor Abolghassem Ghaffari passed away on the night of Tuesday November 5, 2013, at the age of 106.

Abolghassem Ghafari was born in Tehran in 1906, studied at Darolfonoon School and was part of the first group of Iranian students sent to study in France. He pursued his masters in mathematics at France’s Nancy University and obtained his PhD in mathematics from Sorbonne with a PhD thesis entitled “Brownian Motion from the Perspective of Advanced Mathematics”, which led to his meeting with Albert Einstein. Brownian motion was also the topic of one of Einstein’s five articles in 1905.

In addition to teaching at the Universities of Tehran, Princeton, Harvard and Washington, Ghaffari was the first Iranian to find his way into NASA and the only foreign national involved in the orbital calculations of the Apollo 11 project at NASA’s Goddard Space Centre. He even received the NASA…

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Iranian Woman Among Winners Of UNESCO’s Young Scientist Award

Atieh Kazemi Mojarad is among the recipients of UNESCO’s Young Scientist Award. She won the award for her research in “sustainable development of Biosphere Reserves through the promotion of key ecosystem services.”. Kazemi Mojarad has received her Masters degrees in Ecology from Azad University and in Environmental Studies from Shahid Beheshti University.

Sources: UNESCO, Payvand News of Iran