Alenush Terian

Alenush Terian

|Iranian
date of birth : 09/11/1920 | date of death : 04/03/2011
Born on November 9, 1920, Tehran, Iran, Astronomer, Physicist, was an Iranian astronomer and physicist and is called 'Mother of Modern Iranian Astronomy'.

Birth, Birthplace, Time of birth:

She was born on 9 November 1920 in Tehran, Iran.

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Reputation, fame, nickname:

Mother of Modern Iranian Astronomy

Personal Information:

Ethnicity: Armenian
Known for: Mother of Modern Iranian Astronomy

Life events:

Alenush Terian was the first Iranian female astronomer and physicist. She was born in an Armenian family on 1920 in Tehran, Iran. Her father was a poet and translator (with the pen name Arizad meaninng Born to Aryan) who had translated Shahnameh, from Persian to Armenian.Terian graduated in Physics from the University of Tehran in 1947. She continued her studies in Sorbonne University, Paris, from where she graduated in atmospheric physics in 1956 and returned to Iran to work as an assistant professor in thermodynamics at the University of Tehran. 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. Professor Teriān's 90th birthday celebration in Tehran was attended by a number of Iranian parliamentarians and over 100 Iranian Armenians. Terian died on March 4, 2011.

Education:

Terian graduated in 1947 in the Science Department of University of Tehran. In 1956 she obtained her doctorate in Atmospheric Physics from Sorbonne University. 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.

Occupation and Career:

Alenush Terian was the first Iranian female astronomer and physicist.
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. After 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.

Awards /Honors:

Alenoush Terian is regarded as the first Iranian woman, teacher of physics, and the founder of the first solar telescopic observatory in Iran. The Iranian-Armenian scientist was honored during a ceremony in Tehran on Nov. 9. Members of the Iranian Parliament and many Iranian-Armenians paid tribute to Alenoush Terian at her 90th birthday.

Death, place of death, Time of death, place of burial:

On March 4, 2011, Alenoush Terian passed away at the age of 91 and she was buried in Tehran, Iran.

Quotes and Memoirs:

  • "I am glad, to see that my achievements has affected the women's interest in reading and keeping on academic studies. Women – as preceptors of their children – should be well-educated."
  • “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.

References:
http://en.wikipedia.org
http://www.iranchamber.com
http://www.ibna.ir
http://old.hetq.am