Physics in Perspective

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 239–241

Alenush Terian: The Iranian Solar Mother

In Memoriam

DOI: 10.1007/s00016-012-0085-x

Cite this article as:
Talebian, M. & Talebian, E. Phys. Perspect. (2012) 14: 239. doi:10.1007/s00016-012-0085-x


We present a biographical sketch of Alenush Terian, the first Iranian woman physicist, who was known as the Iranian Solar Mother, since she founded the first solar telescopic observatory in Iran. She taught and carried out astronomical research for three decades with inadequate resources but with unflinching devotion, motivated by a strong desire to propagate scientific education and research in her country.


Alenush Terian University of Tehran Institute of Geophysics astronomy physics history of astronomy and physics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physics, Faculty of ScienceUrmia UniversityUrmiaIran

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