Anousheh Ansari

Anousheh Ansari

date of birth : 12/9/1966 | date of death :
Born on September 12. 1966, Iran, businessperson and astronaut, Ansari was the fourth overall self-funded space tourist, and the first self-funded woman to fly to the International Space Station.

Birth date, birth place, birth time:

Born on September 12, 1966 in Mashhad, Iran.

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Spouse: Hamid Ansari

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  • Address: 6101 W. Plano Parkway Suite 201 Plano, Texas 75093

Life events:

Early life

Anousheh Ansari becomes the fourth-ever commercial spaceflight participant and the first Muslim woman to traverse the far reaches of outer space. Anousheh Ansari was born in 1966 in Mashhad, Iran. When the Iranian Revolution took place, she was only 13 years old. Consequently, her family immigrated to the Springfield, Virginia in 1984. She earned a bachelor’s degree in electronics and computer engineering from George Mason University and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from The George Washington University.

Business career

After graduation, Anousheh began work at MCI, where she met her future husband, Hamid Ansari. They married in 1991. Ansari resides in Dallas, Texas. In 1993, Ansari co-founded Telecom Technologies, Inc. with her husband and brother-in-law. The company earned recognition as one of Inc. magazine’s 500 fastest-growing companies. In 2000, the company was acquired by Sonus Networks, Inc. but kept Ansari as general manager and vice president of the Soft switch division. In 2004, she and her family made a multi-million dollar donation to the X PRIZE Foundation, which promotes innovation regarding social and environmental issues. Subsequently, the X-PRIZE award that supports private space exploration and space craft design was officially renamed the Ansari X PRIZE.


In 2006, Ansari, along with her husband and brother-in-law, launched Prodea Systems, where she serves as the company’s CEO. That same year, on 18 September, Anousheh became the first Muslim female in space, when she blasted off in the Soyuz TMA-9, through Space Adventures, Ltd. She is only one of a handful of self-funded spaceflight participants and the first private female space explorer. She has conducted multiple experiments while at the International Space Station. Anousheh is the first person to contribute to a blog from space. She is the recipient of multiple awards and was one of only two women listed by Fortune Magazine’s “40 under 40” list in 2001.


Bachelor’s degree in electronics and computer engineering, George Mason University. Master’s degree in electrical engineering, George Washington University. She is currently working toward a master’s degree in astronomy from Swinburne University.

Occupations and Career:

Anousheh Ansari is an Iranian-American engineer and co-founder and chairwoman of Prodea Systems .In 1993, Ansari co-founded Telecom Technologies, Inc. The company earned recognition as one of Inc. magazine’s 500 fastest-growing companies. In 2000, the company was acquired by Sonus Networks, Inc. but kept Ansari as general manager and vice president of the Soft switch division. Also in 2006, she co-founded Prodea Systems, and is the current chairman and CEO.


Ansari has received multiple honors, including the George Mason University Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, the George Washington University Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Southwest Region, and the Horatio Alger Award. While under her leadership, Telecom Technologies, Inc. earned recognition as one of Inc. magazine's 500 fastest-growing companies and one of Deloitte & Touche’s Fast 500 technology companies. She was listed in Fortune Magazine's "40 under 40" list in 2001 and honored by Working Woman magazine as the winner of the 2000 National Entrepreneurial Excellence award. In 2009 she was received the first Symons Innovator Award given annually by NCWIT to honor successful women entrepreneurs in technology. In 2004, The Ansari family was honored with an Orbit Award by the National Space Society and Space Tourism Society for underwriting the Ansari X PRIZE. Anousheh Ansari participated as a speaker at the 2010 Honeywell Leadership Academy at Space Camp in Huntsville Alabama with Homer Hickam. In 2010, she was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in recognition of her humanitarian efforts. In 2009, Ansari was featured in the documentary film "Space Tourists" by independent Swiss filmmaker Christian Frei about billionaires who paid to ride to the International Space Station aboard Russian spacecraft. The DVD of the film was released in 2011.


Her memoir, My Dream of Stars, co-written with Homer Hickam, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2010.

Habits and personal tastes:

Space activities; listen to likes to music, hiking, basketball.