Behnaz Mozakka

List of Iranians

This is a list of notable Iranians:

In the news

Artists

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Cinema artists

Actors and actresses

Directors and filmmakers

Film score composers

Designers

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Entertainers

Comedians

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Musicians and Singers

Classical

Iranian Classical/Traditional

Western Classical

Electronic

Pop

(Sorted according to the first letter of the most famous name)

Lyricists

Rock/Metal

Painters, Illustrators and Sculptors

Photographers

Theatre artists

Stage actors and actresses

Theatre directors

Journalism/Media

Bloggers

Journalists

Television personalities

Leaders and politicians

The list here excludes the royalty. An extensive list of Persian royalty appears further down in this page.

See also List of Prime Ministers of Iran.

Historical (pre-Pahlavi Dynasty)

Modern (post-Qajar)

Pahlavi period

Served in Islamic Republic government

See also: List of current Iranian officials

Not served or opposition

Other Nations

Literature figures

Authors and poets

Translators

Religious figures

See List of Marjas.
See List of Ayatollahs.

Royalty

See comprehensive list of Persian/Iranian royalty.

Scientists, Scholars, and Academics

See comprehensive List of Iranian scientists and engineers of the pre-modern age.

See comprehensive List of Iranian scientists and engineers of the modern age.

Architects and Mi'mars

See full List of Iranian architects.

Explorers and travellers

Historians, Archaeologists and Iranologists

Linguists

Theorists and Philosophers

Sports

Iranian women

Nobel laureates and nominees

   * Shirin Ebadi, 2003 Nobel Laureate. (Peace)
   * Simin Behbahani, 1997 Nobel prize Nominee. (Literature)

[edit] Scientists and Engineers

   * Fariba Adelkhah, Director of Research at Centre for International Studies and Research, France. [1]
   * Anousheh Ansari, First female space tourist, leading telecommunication entrepreneur, and namesake of the X Prize
   * Mina Bissell, Director of UC Berkeley Life Sciences Division. [2]
   * Mariam Kamkar, Head of Computer and Information Science Department, Linköpings Universitet, Sweden. [3]
   * Majgan Mahjoub, Director of Zooarchaeology Research Center, National Museum of Iran, researcher at museum of natural history at Paris. [4]
   * Patricia L. Mokhtarian, Associate Director, Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Davis. [5]
   * Simin Nikbin Meydani, Senior Scientist and Director at Tufts University. [6]
   * Manijeh Razeghi, Director, Center for Quantum Devices, Northwestern University. [7]
   * Reihaneh Safavi-Naini, Cryptographer, professor of computer science, and head of Telecommunications and Information Technology Research Institute at University of Wollongong
   * Nahid Shahmehri, Director of the Laboratory for Intelligent Information, Linköpings Universitet, Sweden. [8]
   * Azadeh Tabazadeh, Stanford University scientist from NASA. [9] Article about her in TIME magazine
   * Saba Valadkhan, American Association for the Advancement of Science Young scientist award
   * Maryam Mirzakhani, Mathematician
   * Roya Maboudian, Professor of Chemical Engineering at UC Berkeley
   * Mina Farr, Founder, President and Chief Technology Officer of Vivid Medical Inc. holder of 23 U.S. and International patents in Optics, Hewlett-Packard DVD+RW, Intuitive Surgical da Vinci
   * Shirin Dehghan, CEO of Arieso, winner of the 2006 Blackberry Women and Technology Awards

[edit] Academics

   * Janet Afary, Historian.
   * Shirin Ebadi, Lawyer, lecturer at Tehran University (2003 Nobel Laureate).
   * Mehrangiz Kar, Lawyer, fellow at Harvard University.
   * Jaleh Amouzgar, Iranologist, Professor of Tehran University.
   * Lady Amin (Banoo Amin), Jurisprudent and theologian.
   * Elaheh Koulaei, Professor of Political sciences, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, Tehran University
   * Fatemeh Keshavarz-Karamustafa, Chair of Asian and Near Eastern Languages and Literature Department, Professor of Persian and Comparative Literature, Washington University in St. Louis
   * Camila Batmanghelidjh, Psychotherapist.
   * Farideh Farhi, Independent Scholar and an Adjunct Professor of Political Science at University of Hawai'i, Mānoa
   * Farzaneh Milani, Director of Studies in Women and Gender and Professor of Persian and Women Studies at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA [10]
   * Nayereh Tohidi, Professor and Chair of the Women's Studies Department at California State University, Northridge and Research Associate at the Center for Near Eastern Studies at UCLA, USA [11]
   * Taiebeh Hosseinali, Professor and Director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, United States.
   * noosheen shahandeh,
   * Afsaneh Najmabadi, Professor of History and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University.
   * Laudan Nooshin, Musicologist and Senior Lecturer at City University of London [12]
   * Golbarg Bashi
   * Fariba Zarinebaf, Lecturer and Iran expert in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA [13]
   * Noushafarin Ansari, Professor at University Of Tehran, Secretary General of Children's Book Council Of Iran
   * Simin Karimi, Professor of Linguistics, University of Arizona [14]
   * Saba Safdar, Asst. Professor of Psychology University of Guelph, Chair -International and Cross-Cultural section Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
   * Parinaz Parhizi, Lecturer at the Law Faculty of Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt, winner of the DAAD Prize for best students, journalist in German and Switzerland's Newspapers, Cooperation with ZDF(Second German Television).

[edit] Authors and poets

   * Mahnaz Afkhami, Writer
   * Sarah Afshar, Writer
   * Mana Aghaee, poet and bibliographer
   * Mina Assadi, Poet and author, winner of the Hellman/Hammett awards (human Rights Watch) in New York in the year of 1996
   * Sanaz Nikaein, Poet, Poetic Achievement Of The Year Award 2000, Human Rights Activist
   * Mahshid Amirshahi, Novelist
   * Farzaneh Aghaeipour, Playwright and novelist
   * Simin Behbahani, Poet and 1997 Nobel prize nominee.
   * Simin Daneshvar, Academic, novelist and translator of literary texts from several languages into Persian
   * Parvin E'tesami, Poet (classical)
   * Forough Farrokhzad, Poet (modern)
   * Rabe'e Ghazdari, Poet
   * Saideh Ghods, Writer
   * Roya Hakakian, Writer and poet
   * Maryam Hooleh, Poet and winner of PEN PRISE(Free state's writer,2003-2004),Stockholm's guest.
   * Justine Harun-Mahdavi, German-Iranian writer.
   * Rosie Malek-Yonan, Author, actor and director. Author of THE CRIMSON FIELD
   * Mahsati, Medieval poet
   * Azadeh Moaveni, Writer and journalist
   * Azar Nafisi, writer, "Reading Lolita in Tehran"
   * Gina B. Nahai, writer, "Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith," "Caspian Rain"
   * Shahrnush Parsipur, Novelist
   * Zoya Pirzad, Novelist and winner of Hushang Golshiri Award
   * Tahereh Qorrat Al-'Ayn, Poet, philosopher and theologist; Seventeenth disciple or Letter of the Living of the Báb (mid 19th century)
   * Mahasti Shahrokhi, Novelist
   * Farzaneh Khojandi, Tajik poet
   * Golrokhsar Safi Eva, National poet of Tajikistan
   * Moniru Ravanipur, Writer
   * Shokooh Mirzadegi, Novelist, poet and social reformer
   * Rira Abbasi, Author and poet, and the initiator of International Festival of Peace Poetry in Iran
   * Farnoosh Moshiri, Novelist, www.farnooshmoshiri.net

[edit] Visual Art

   * Clara Abkar, Miniature Painter
   * Iran Darrudi, Painter
   * Mokarrameh Ghanbari, Painter
   * Mansooreh Hosseini Painter
   * Noreen Motamed, Painter
   * Guity Novin, Painter, Graphic artist and the founder of Transpressionism movement in painting
   * Farah Notash Painter
   * Pantea Rahmani, Painter, Sculptor
   * Behjat Sadr Painter
   * Lilit Terian Sculptor
   * Zohreh Eskandari[15]Visual Art
   * Maryam Eskandari[16]Sculptor

[edit] Artists Simin Daneshvar, Iranian novelist and author of Suvashun Simin Daneshvar, Iranian novelist and author of Suvashun

   * Darya Bayat, Pianist, International Award winner of Excellence, Composer, Poet and Human Rights Activist.
   * Baran Kosari,25th fajr film festival awards winner
   * Mahnaz Afshar, Actress.
   * Lily Afshar, World class guitarist
   * Sarah Afshar, Musician
   * Nadia Bjorlin, Actress
   * Hengameh Mofid, Film and theatre actress, director,Dramatist and University professor
   * Farzaneh Kaboli, a leader in the Iranian Folkloric and National Dance Art
   * Nazanin Afshin-Jam, Actress, Singer/Songwriter, Human Rights Campaigner
   * Shohreh Aghdashloo, Actress 2003 Oscar nominee for House of Sand and Fog
   * Pegah Anvarian, Fashion Designer in L.A..
   * Pegah Ahangarani, Actress and winner of Best Actress Award, 23rd Cairo International Film Festival.
   * Taraneh Alidoosti, Best Actress Award Winner, Locarno International Film Festival, awarded in August 2002
   * Mary Apick, Actress, Best Actress Award Winner(1977)
   * Leila Arab, Musician
   * Mitra Hajjar, Actress
   * Soodabeh Salem, Musician and conductor
   * Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, Director
   * Arfa Atrai, Santur Musician and writer
   * Catherine Bell, Actress JAG (Half)
   * Sima Bina, Singer.
   * Shiva Boloorian, Actress and play director
   * Nazanin Boniadi, Actress
   * Delkash (Esmat Bagherpour), Singer
   * Golshifteh Farahani, Actress and musician, Best Actress Award from the 22nd Nantes 3 Continents Festival and Symorgh for Best Actress from the 16th Fajr International Film Festival
   * Leila Forouhar, Singer
   * Googoosh, Actress/Singer/Songwriter
   * Azita Hajian, Actress, Crystal Simorgh winner for the Best Actress, the 17th Fajr International Film Festival
   * Leila Hatami, Best Actress Award Locarno International Film festival and Montreal World Film Festival (2002)
   * Monika Jalili, Persian vocalist of Dutch-German origin
   * Ghashang Kamkar, Musician
   * Roya Kamyabfar, Jewellary Designer
   * Niki Karimi, Actress and director
   * Merila Zarei, Award-winning actress
   * Maryam Keshavarz, Director
   * Hana Makhmalbaf, Director
   * Samira Makhmalbaf, Director
   * Marjane Satrapi, film director and graphic novelist [17]
   * Shohreh Solati, Singer
   * Rosie Malek-Yonan, Actor, director and writer. Rendition (2007 Release). Her most recent appearance is in the role of Farah Mir, mother of Leyla Mir, in the ABC Daytime series General Hospital
   * Yassamin Maleknasr, Actress and director
   * Marzieh, Singer
   * Tahmineh Milani, Feminist filmmaker
   * Pouran Derakhshandeh, Film director, producer, screen writer, and researcher
   * Nooshafarin, Singer
   * Mahin Oskouei First female Iranian film director
   * Laleh Pourkarim, Singer
   * Parisa (Fatemeh Va'ezi), Doyen of the classical-Persian singers
   * Pantea Rahmani, Painter, Sculptor
   * Behnaz Sarafpour, Couture fashion designer in NYC
   * Shakila, Singer, winner of the Persian Academy Award
   * Bahar Soomekh, Actress (Crash and Saw III)
   * Tamara Stronach, played the Childlike Empress in the The Neverending Story
   * Ghodsieh Tavakolian, Artist, Persian Miniature
   * Qamar ol-Molouk Vaziri, Queen of the Persian Music
   * Mahla Zamani, Iranian fashion designer; expert on traditional Iranian dressings
   * Sarah Shahi, Actress
   * Hedyeh Tehrani, Actress
   * Darya Dadvar, Soprano soloist and composer
   * Shiva Rose, Actress and anti-war activist Interview
   * Hāni'eh Tavassoli, Actress
   * Shushā Guppy, Writer, editor, and singer of Persian and Western folk-songs
   * Monir Vakili, Singer of Western Opera and Persian Folk Music [18]
   * Madam Yelena, Dancer, Choreographist
   * Amaneh Eskandari,Painter,Video artist[19]

[edit] Athletes

   * Leila Ebrahimi, runner
   * Laleh Seddigh, autoracing and rally champion of Iran
   * Aravane Rezai, tennis player
   * Janet Kohan-Sedq, runner
   * Padideh Boloorizadeh, Asian Pentathlon Champion, Captain of Iranian National Volleyball team
   * Shadi Tabatabai, Rank No.1 Tennis Player of Iran
   * Parisa Faghih Nobari,Rock climbing champion 1997-2005,Ice climbing champion 2006,Runner 1991-1994,Sport climbing instructor

[edit] Politicians

   * Farrokhroo Parsa, Medical doctor and former Minister of Education (the first Iranian woman to became a deputy and later Minister of Education); executed in 1980, following the Iranian Revolution
   * Mahnaz Afkhami, first Minister of Women's Affairs in Iran and second woman in the world to hold the position; former professor of English Literature at the National University and former Secretary General of the Women's Organization of Iran
   * Sibel Edmonds, PEN/Newman’s Own First Amendment Award winner [20] Iranian who effectively challenged FBI
   * Azar Majedi, Communist activist and politician.
   * Masoumeh Ebtekar, Iranian Vice President.
   * Goli Ameri, United States Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs.
   * Christiane Amanpour, CNN's chief international correspondent.
   * Fatemeh Haghighatjou, former Member of Parliament.
   * Elaheh Koulaei, former Member of Parliament and Professor of political sciences.
   * Farah Karimi, Iranian female Dutch Member of Parliament.[21]
   * Shahla Habibi
   * Nasrin Soltankhah
   * Fatemeh Javadi, Vice-President, and head of the Department of the Environment.

[edit] Royalty

   * Roxanna,Roxane,"luminous beauty" She was the daughter of a Bactrian named Oxyartes (then eastern Persia, now northern Afghanistan), and married Alexander in 327 BC.
   * Darya Bayat, Daughter of German Royal Irmgard Von Beartz and Persian General Hormoz Bayat. International Award winner of Excellence,Pianist, Composer, Poet and Human Rights Activist.
   * Purandokht, Sassanid crown princess and Queen.
   * Shahr-banu, Princess.
   * Hamida Banu Begum(Mariam Makani),Wife of Mughal Emperor Humayun and mother of Akbar
   * Nur Jehan, Wife of Mughal Emperor Jehangir
   * Seyyedeh Khatun, Ruler[citation needed].
   * Gauhar Shad, Queen.
   * Soraya Esfandiary Bakhtiari, Former Queen.
   * Ashraf Pahlavi, Princess.
   * Farah Pahlavi, Empress (Mohammad Reza Shah's wife).
   * Leila Pahlavi, Princess.
   * Mumtaz Mahal, Wife of Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan and inspiration for Taj Mahal.

[edit] Activists

   * Mahnaz Afkhami, Human Rights and Women's Rights activist, leading figure in the international women's movement
   * Nazanin Afshin-Jam, Human Rights Activist, Singer and Songwriter, 2003 Miss World 1st runner up, Miss Canada 2003
   * Bibi Khatoon Astarabadi, Author and pioneer of Persian women's movement in modern Iran
   * Forough Azarakhshi, Pioneer of modern education for women in Mashhad
   * Golbarg Bashi, feminist academic and activist
   * Darya Bayat Human Rights Activist, Pianist, Composer and Poet.
   * Sediqeh Dowlatabadi, author and pioneer of Persian women's movement in modern Iran
   * Shirin Ebadi, human rights lawyer and judge, 2003 Nobel Laureate
   * Zahra Eshraghi, feminist activist,
   * Saideh Ghods, writer, philanthropist, founder of MAHAK (Society to Support Children Suffering from Cancer)[22]
   * Roya Hakakian, Iranian-Jewish human rights activist and author
   * Dr. Morgan Hakimi, Iranian-Jewish psychologist, lecturer, and philanthropist
   * Mehrangiz Kar, human rights lawyer and winner of the Ludovic Trarieux International Human Rights Prize
   * Parvaneh Eskandari Dariush Forouhar's wife
   * Zahra Kazemi, slain political photographer
   * Badri (Khosroabadi) Tamaddon, Eastern Star
   * Shahla Lahiji, human rights activist and a pioneer of Persian women's movement
   * Rosie Malek-Yonan, actor, author and activist who testified on Capitol Hill at U.S. House of Representatives in 2006 on behalf of the Assyrians in Iraq
   * Azar Nafisi, activist and novelist (Reading Lolita in Tehran)
   * Maryam Namazie, feminist and communist and the leader of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain.
   * Marina Nemat, activist, past political prisoner and author.
   * Shadi Sadr, feminist activist, lawyer and journalist
   * Shahla Sherkat, editor and a pioneer of women's movement in the modern Iran
   * Soraya Sepahpour, political analyst and writer
   * Badri Teymourtash, First female Iranian Doctor; a founder of School of Dentistry, Mashad University
   * Iran Teymourtash, journalist and early activist; daughter of Abdolhossein Teymourtash
   * Maryam Rajavi, President-Elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran.
   * Parvin Darabi, author and activist
   * Lila Azam Zangeneh, writer and journalist

[edit] In the news

   * Darya Bayat, Musician, Piano Soloist, International Award winner of Excellence, Composer, Poet, And Human Rights Activist. [23]
   * Zahra Bani Ameri, Iranian physician
   * Behnaz Mozakka, Iranian woman who died in 2005 London bombing.
   * Darya Bayat, Pianist, Composer, Poet, Human Right Activist.
   * Nazanin Afshin-Jam, 2003 Miss World 1st runner up, Miss Canada 2003, Human Rights Activist, Singer and Songwriter
   * Ramona Amiri, Miss World Canada 2005.[24]
   * Rudi Bakhtiar, TV news anchor.
   * Minu Barati, wife of Joschka Fischer, German Former Foreign Minister.[25]
   * Ladan and Laleh Bijani, conjoined twins.
   * Haleh Esfandiari, scholar, detainee [26]
   * Lily Mazahery, Lawyer, International Human Rights Activist, President of the Legal Rights Institute. [27]
   * Mandana Naderian, German TV hostess.[28]
   * Nazanin Fatehi, controversially sentenced to death for murder.
   * Shermine Shahrivar, Miss Europe 2005.[29]
   * Masoumeh Soltanbalaqi, Iran's First Woman Bus Driver [30]
   * Dineh Mohajer founded the $10 million-a-year Hard Candy when she was 22 years old [31]
   * Yasmin Parvaneh Yasmin Le Bon super model

[edit] Others

   * Afsane Bassir Pour, Director of the Regional United Nations Information Center (appointed by Kofi Annan) [32], Formerly: Bureau Chief and International Correspondent for Le Monde
   * Parisa Khosravi, Senior Vice President and Managing Editor of International Newsgathering for CNN Worldwie [33]
   * Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s Chief International Correspondent [34]
   * Atoosa Rubenstein, founder and the editor of CosmoGirl magazine and the editor of Seventeen[35], [36]
   * Zahra Rahnavard, First female chancellor of university after revolution
   * Sona Babai, Oldest naturalized Iranian American
   * Maria Khorsand, former CEO of Ericson Technology Licensing and the present President of OMX Technology FM

Nobel laureates and nominees

Scientists and Engineers

Academics

Authors and poets

Visual Art

Artists

Athletes

Politicians

  • Farrokhroo Parsa, Medical doctor and former Minister of Education (the first Iranian woman to became a deputy and later Minister of Education); executed in 1980, following the Iranian Revolution
  • Mahnaz Afkhami, first Minister of Women's Affairs in Iran and second woman in the world to hold the position; former professor of English Literature at the National University and former Secretary General of the Women's Organization of Iran
  • Sibel Edmonds, PEN/Newman’s Own First Amendment Award winner Iranian who effectively challenged FBI
  • Azar Majedi, Communist activist and politician.
  • Masoumeh Ebtekar, Iranian Vice President.
  • Goli Ameri, United States Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs.
  • Christiane Amanpour, CNN's chief international correspondent.
  • Fatemeh Haghighatjou, former Member of Parliament.
  • Elaheh Koulaei, former Member of Parliament and Professor of political sciences.
  • Farah Karimi, Iranian female Dutch Member of Parliament.
  • Shahla Habibi
  • Nasrin Soltankhah
  • Fatemeh Javadi, Vice-President, and head of the Department of the Environment.

Royalty

Activists

In the news

Others

  • Afsane Bassir Pour, Director of the Regional United Nations Information Center (appointed by Kofi Annan) , Formerly: Bureau Chief and International Correspondent for Le Monde
  • Parisa Khosravi, Senior Vice President and Managing Editor of International Newsgathering for CNN Worldwie
  • Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s Chief International Correspondent
  • Atoosa Rubenstein, founder and the editor of CosmoGirl magazine and the editor of Seventeen ,
  • Zahra Rahnavard, First female chancellor of university after revolution
  • Sona Babai, Oldest naturalized Iranian American
  • Maria Khorsand, former CEO of Ericson Technology Licensing and the present President of OMX Technology FM

Other

Famous Armenians of Iran

Famous Assyrians of Iran

Famous Chaldeans of Iran

Famous Americans in Iran

Famous Germans in Iran

Famous Iranians in America

See separate article: List of Iranian Americans.

Famous Iranians in Britain

See separate article: List of British Iranians.

Famous Iranians in Canada

See article: Iranian-Canadian

Famous Iranians in India

See articles: Parsis or Irani

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