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Iranian Scientist Professor Fazlollah Reza Returns to Tehran University

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Compiled By: Firouzeh Mirrazavi
Deputy Editor of Iran Review

Professor Fazlollah Reza delivers a speech during a ceremony at the College of Engineering of the University of Tehran held on November 21, 2013 to commemorate the 98-year-old Iranian Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in New York City and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Professor Fazlollah Reza, the son of Sheikh Asadollah Reza, one of the descendants of Amir Hedayatollah-Khan Fomani, was born in the city of Rasht. He finished his elementary school in his hometown and graduated from high school in Tehran.

He was one of the first graduates from Tehran University who majored in Electrical Engineering. In 1945, he completed his master’s degree in Columbia University in the United States and received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University of New York.

Professor Reza has been a member of Electrical Engineers Group in the school of engineering of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, United States, as well as a visiting professor in many great universities of the world, including MTI, Syracuse in Colorado, United States, Sorbonne University in France, McGill and Concordia Universities in Canada, Zurich Polytechnic Institute in Swiss, and Royal University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

His interest and scientific focus is in the field of the theory of mathematical systems and electrical circuits. Professor Reza is the author of four textbooks in English and 11 books in Farsi, and his English books have been translated in most languages of the world.

Years ago at different points in time, he was the president of Tehran University and Sharif University of Technology as well as the Iran ambassador in UNESCO.

In addition, he was the ambassador of Iran in Canada for a period of time, before the Islamic Revolution. Since 1979, Professor Reza has held the positions of honorary professorship in McGill and Concordia Universities in Montreal, Canada, and has undertaken to write some chapters of the Encyclopedia Americana and Encyclopedia of Physical Science and Technology in English language.

Professor Reza is the honorary president of Iran’s electrical engineering conference, honorary professor of Tarbiat Modares (Instructor training) University, and the president of Scientific Association of Iran in North America (United States and Canada); in addition he holds the positions of presidency in the board of Farsi literature development in North America, as well as being the consultant and active associate in many associations and conferences across the world.

Additionally, he has won many different medals and numerous honor certificates from institutions in North America, Europe, and Iran. At present, he is a member in educational and research institutions such as I.E.E., I.E.E.E, and A.A.AS.A.M.S.

Professor Reza is one of the founders of the theory of information and communication in the world. He has conducted extensive research in the fields such as the theory of maximum information transmitted in the communication channels, the theory of information and random processes, linear systems, general network analysis, the theories of systems and circuits, the theory of controlling the dynamic systems, linear spaces in engineering, linear operators, transmitting and depreciation of energy in the gateway networks.

Professor Reza has represented and published more than 100 scientific articles in English and French in the foreign journals and conferences in addition to more than 50 literary and cultural essays in the foreign and native journals and conferences in Farsi language.

One of his main concerns has always been the unity and harmony among the Iranians abroad. He emphasizes the importance of promoting intellectuality and avoiding from focusing on the disagreements.

He also stresses that by essentializing the intellectuals and literary nobles of Iran, one can have a life with honor and respect in today’s world. He admires the Iranians’ tendency towards science and knowledge and criticizes some of the current scientism movements.

He believes that one should distinguish tendency-toward- science clearly from scientism. He advises the youth to learn from their previous generations’ experiences by studying the history of their country and especially the contemporary history of Iran. He also expresses his disapproval of Iranians’ habit of not being able to perform collective activities with success.

Professor Reza sees knowledgeability and modesty as the characteristics of Iranian wise and noblemen, and he believes that Iranians need to take these humane and moral characteristics of  their noblemen and the prides of their country more seriously now than ever before.

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