Today's leaders in the Persian tradition of innovation and humanity
The Global Persian Citizen Of The Present
The Persian people throughout history have an enduring legacy of global contributions rising from the cultural value placed on knowledge, innovation, progressive thinking, education, and personal achievement. This heritage is exemplified by present day global citizens through continued advancements in science, technology, medicine and the arts.
This sample of global citizens represents men and women who stand out as leaders in their field as scientists, athletes, educators, entrepreneurs, journalists, artists and humanitarians. They carry on the Persian legacy of achievement and inspire the up and coming generation of global citizens.
Professor of surgery and medicine in the division of cardio thoracic surgery at UCLA who has been selected a 2017 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations.
This video features Arhdhali speaking on UCLA Performing the First Breathing Lung Transplant in the U.S.
In her short life, dying at the young age of 40 years old, Maryam Mirzakhani earned many awards including being the first and only woman to win the prestigious Fields Medal, called the Nobel Prize of math. May 12th 2019, the First International Women in Mathematics Day was established in honor of Mirzakhani’s birth date. Maryam’s legacy inspired fellow Iranian Americans Dr. Rouzbeh Yassini-Fard and Anousheh Ansari to establish graduate fellowships at the Stanford University School of Humanities to attract the next generation of world leaders in mathematics.
Masood Khatamee, MD, FACOG, was awarded the 2008 Congressional Medal of Distinction. He is Executive Director of the Fertility Research Foundation (FRF) and a Professor at the NYU School of Medicine. His role at the FRF involves innovation and advocacy around the treatment and prevention of infertility. Dr. Khatamee is the co-author of Dr. Are You Listening A Couple’s Struggle To Find The Right Fertility Doctor and author of Mr. President Are You Listening. Click the image below to learn more about his work on his website for the Fertility Research Foundation.
Following the legacy of ancient Persian heritage highlighted by historical contributions in the field of medicine such as Abu Ali Sina (Avicenna), Dr. Masood Khatamee was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by Banou, Inc. at the traditional celebration of Nowruz on March 16, 2018.
This is just one of the innumerable awards recognizing Dr. Khatamee’s lifetime of dedication to his passionate work as a doctor in the field of women’s health.
An Iranian American doctor, Dr Khatamee is a Scholar, humanitarian, world-renowned speaker and currently serves as Executive Director of the Fertility Research Foundation and Clinical Professor at the New York University Medical Center department of obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Khatamee is the founder and director of the Society for the Prevention of Human Infertility. His diverse recognition even includes the award for New York Businessman of the Year in 2001 & 2005. But again, this list does not begin to represent the depth or breadth of his global impact.
From the start, Khatamee’s education was concentrated in the field of women’s reproductive health. He was a graduate of Shiraz University School of Medicine in 1961. His education continued with completing internships at Namazee Hospital, Shiraz and Queens Hospital Center and as Resident and Chief Resident at the New York University Bellevue Hospital. His continuing education includes work with the World Health Organization in Tehran and Cambridge University. These are only highlights from his extensive education which alone could fill a book.
In addition to authoring 3 books; Sex Education (Chehr Publishing Co., Iran, 1970) Doctor, Are You Listening? Co-Authored with Linda Perelman Pohl (Publisher Fertility Research Foundation publishing, USA, 2008) and Mr. President, Are You Listening? (published by Fertility Research Foundation publishing, USA, 2012), Dr. Masood has contributed more than 118 articles, 37 presentations, 2 recordings and 35 television interviews. He has organized and chaired fundraising activities and 31 scientific programs worldwide. He has been honored at the white house receiving Physician of the Year, The White House, 2002-2003 and the Ronald Reagan Gold Medal 2004, 2005. Dr. Khatamee’s involvement has even extended to the US Congress where he was instrumental in passing The Infertility Prevention bill and establishing an interagency task force to develop a national strategy to combat the infertility.
The generous funding which has enabled scientists, including Dr. Khatamee, to conduct research and achieve groundbreaking advances in the fields of Obstetrics, Gynecology and reproductive medicine is comprised of grants, scholarships, awards and donations directly attributable to the reputation, recognition and irrefutable expertise of Dr. Khatamee’s life work. The results: the testing, diagnosis treatment, care, safety, success and resources available to women who desperately struggle with infertility have enabled women and families around the world to experience the inexplicable joy of holding their newborn baby.
Click Here To Read The Full Details Of Dr. Khatamee’s Career and Accomplishments
Iranian-American biologist known for her research on breast cancer. In 1996, she received the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award and medal, the highest scientific honor bestowed by the United States Department of Energy.
One of the ten winners of the European Mathematical Society Prize for 2016 for research regarding the development and analysis of numerical algorithms for partial differential equations on moving domains.
Iranian-Americans of all Iranian ethnic backgrounds, have made significant contributions to the global community in such areas as Science, Arts, Business, Technology and Politics to name a few. The Iranian Americans featured in Wikipedia include those who have obtained American citizenship and their American descendants.
Dr. Nader Engheta, Global Leader in The Field Of Physics
Dr. Nader Engheta
On November 2, 2020, in recognition of global leadership in the field of physics the Institute of Physics (IOP) awarded the Isaac Newton Medal and Prize to the Iranian American scientist Nader Engheta. AS a pioneer in the field of nanoscale optics and metamaterials. The IOP reports the selection of Engheta as recipient of this award honors his “groundbreaking innovation and transformative contributions to electromagnetic complex materials and nanoscale optics, and for pioneering development of the fields of near-zero-index metamaterials, and material-inspired analogue computation and optical nanocircuitry. Engheta commented “I am very honored and humbled to be the recipient of the 2020 Isaac Newton Medal and Prize from the Institute of Physics (UK).”
Engheta earned his BSc in electrical engineering at the University of Tehran graduating in 1978. He continued his education, earning hid MS and PhD in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology. In 1987 Engheta moved to the University of Pennsylvania where he currently serves as the Nedwill Ramsey Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering. He is also affiliated with the departments Bioengineering, materials science and engineering, and Physics and Astronomy.
An abridged version of Engheta’s Awards (full list here) Honors & Awards include:
2017 Honorary Doctoral Degree from Ukraine’s National Technical University, Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute
2016 Honorary Doctoral Degree (Dr. rer. nat. h.c.) from the University of Stuttgart, Germany
2016 Honorary Doctor of Science in Technology from Aalto University in Finland 2015 SPIE Gold Medal
2015, 2012 IEEE Achievement awards
National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow (NSSEFF, also known as the Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellow) Award from Department of Defense (DoD)
2013 Inaugural SINA (Spirit of Iranian Noted Achiever) Award in Engineering
Throughout history and into the present day, Iranian or Persian men and women have made significant contributions to the global community in many fields of study, from citizenship in countries across the globe and spanning hundreds of years of history.