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.

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