Professor Hesabi’s Tomb

May 9, 2018

Tafresh in Markazi Province is home to many dignitaries and famous national figures like Isa Behnam, Abulghasem Bahrami, Ardeshir Ghavamzadeh, and Ahmad Parsa among others.

Professor Sayyed Mahmoud Hessabi (February 23, 1903 – September 3, 1992) is a well-reputed scientist who has fulfilled a lot of achievements in his fruitful lifetime. A well-educated, influential person in Iran’s scientific history, Hesabi assisted a lot to promote the status of the country with no wage in return.

Among his works are the establishment of the first radio station in Iran, the first weather station and Iran Standard Time. He also cooperated enthusiastically in founding Tehran University and developing its science and engineering faculties. The well-known scholar was the only Iranian student of the great German physicist Albert Einstein. He also taught form important figures like Schrödinger and studied abroad in American University of Beirut, Sorbonne, and École Superieure d’Electricité. His articles entitled “Continuous Particles” and “Theoretical Evidence for the Existence of a Light-Charged Particle of Mass Greater than That of the Electron” are among his remarkable scientific writings.

He was awarded as the prior professor of Tehran University and received the Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur, the highest French order of merit for military and civil merits.

The prominent Persian personality was also good at many things from sports like swimming to literature and traditional and pop music. The Iranian scientific genius, who was excellent at many languages like English, French, German, and Arabic and familiar with Turkish and Italian as well, has accomplished a lot in Iran which needs a whole article to be discussed. He died in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1992.

His tomb in his hometown, Tafresh, is now visited by domestic and international visitors. The simple structure of his memorial symbolizes his simple yet rich life style.

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