AZG DAILY #40, 2011-03-08



The first female Iranian astronomer and physics professor, Alenoush Terian, has passed away at the age of 90 in the capital city of Tehran.

The Iranian-Armenian scientist died of old age on March 5, 2011, ISNA reported.

Born in an Armenian family in 1920 in Tehran, Terian graduated in physics from the University of Tehran in 1947.

She began working in the physics laboratories of the same university upon graduation and was elected as the chief of laboratory operations the same year.

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.

Terian got a scholarship for a four-month Solar Physics studies 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.

Terian was honored during a ceremony held to celebrate her 90th birth anniversary in November 2010, when Members of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) and more than 100 Armenians paid tribute to the veteran scientist.

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