Iran Honors First Female Astronomer Alenoush Terian

TEHRAN, Iran (PressTV)—More than 100 people gathered in Tehran to celebrate the 90th birthday of Iran’s first female astronomer and physics professor, Alenoush Terian.

Mother of Iranian astronomy Alenoush Terian blows out candles on her 90th birthday.

The Iranian-Armenian scientist was honored during a ceremony in the Iranian capital city on Nov. 9.

Members of the Iranian Parliament and more than 100 Armenians paid tribute to the Iranian 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.

A statement from the Primate of Armenian Diocese of Tehran Archbishop Sebouh Sarkissian marking Terian’s birthday was also read out at the ceremony.

Born in an Armenian family in 1920 in Tehran, Terian graduated in physics from the University of Tehran in 1947. She began working in physics laboratories of the same university upon graduation and was elected as the chief of laboratory operations in the same year.

She continued her studies at the Sorbonne University in Paris, graduating with a degree in atmospheric physics in 1956. She returned to Iran to work as an assistant professor in thermodynamics at the University of Tehran.

Terian got a scholarship to study solar physics for four months in Germany, after which she became Iran’s first female physics professor in 1964.

In 1966, Terian became a member of the geophysics committee of Tehran University and was elected as the chief of the solar physics studies three years later.

She was one of the founders of the solar observatory of the Institute of Geophysics at the University of Tehran, where she also worked until her retirement in 1979.

6 Comments on Iran Honors First Female Astronomer Alenoush Terian

  1. avatar Juliette Khachatourian // January 18, 2016 at 2:15 pm // Reply

    First she was Armenian born in Iran that means Armenian Iranian

  2. Congratulations, Alenoush Terian!

  3. I would like to know whether she had any communication with academia Victor Hambatsoonian ln armenia

  4. avatar Armine Savadian Jones // January 21, 2016 at 12:17 am // Reply


  5. avatar Gohar Vardanyan-Atamian // January 21, 2016 at 12:29 am // Reply

    Just so proud of her accomplishments. You are such an inspiration for all of us, I would like to see many more Armenians follow your steps & amaze the world with their success stories. God bless you, may you be healthy & happy many years to come.

  6. Thank you dear Semik for posting this amazing story about an honorable Iranian Armenian lady scientist.

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