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Professor Hesabi’s Tomb to Be Restored

Professor Hesabi’s Tomb to Be RestoredProfessor Hesabi’s Tomb to Be Restored

Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Office in Markazi Province will renovate the tomb of celebrated Iranian nuclear physicist, Prof. Mahmoud Hesabi and expand the area around it in the city of Tafresh.

Last year engineers and designers participated in a national contest to submit their proposals for an edifice, the general director of local Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Office, Mohammad Hosseini said last week.

“From the many submitted works, three of the best were selected,” he said adding that experts will decide on the final design and construction will start shortly after the area needed for the project is bought from private owners, Mehr News Agency reported.

Professor Hesabi (1903-1992), was born in Tehran, but was originally from Tafresh. His father took his family to Beirut, but shortly after abandoned them, leaving his wife and two sons struggling with many financial and other difficulties. Mahmoud Hesabi received his primary and secondary education in French and American Schools in Beirut.

He graduated in civil engineering in 1922 from the American University of Beirut and subsequently worked for the road ministry in the Lebanese capital. In 1923 he moved to Paris and obtained a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the École Supérieure d’Électricité in 1925.

Later he worked as an electrical engineer for the Paris railroad system. In the meantime, he continued his studies in physics at Paris-Sorbonne University and obtained his doctorate in 1927 and returned to Iran.

Hesabi was fluent in English, French, and Arabic, and a self-taught German speaker. During his career, he held important scientific and cultural positions including the education portfolio in 1951-52 in the government of former prime minister Mohammad Mosaddeq.

He founded many cultural and scientific centers in Iran, namely the Civil Engineering School and the Teacher’s College (1928), the first Iranian Meteorological Station (1931), the first radiology center (1931), University of Tehran (1934), the Telecommunication Center of Asad Abad in Hamedan (1959) and the Geophysical Center of University of Tehran in 1961.

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