List of Iranians


List of Iranians

This is a list of notable Iranians:

In the news

* Nazanin Afshin-Jam, Actress, Singer/Songwriter, Human Rights Activist, Miss World 2003 1st runner up; Miss Canada 2003.
* Shohreh Aghdashloo, Iranian American actress
* Goli Ameri, Republican nominee for U.S. House of Representatives
* Ramona Amiri, Miss Canada 2005.
* Anousheh Ansari, first female space tourist, leading telecommunication entrepreneur, and namesake of the * * X Prize
* Farzan Athari, International Model
* Camila Batmanghelidjh, UK's Women of the Year 2006 Award winner, founder of London-based children's charity Kids Company
* Ladan and Laleh Bijani
* Jimmy Delshad, Mayor of Beverly Hills
* Ali Dizaei, Senior officer in the London Metropolitan Police
* Shirin Ebadi, Nobel prize in Peace
* Akbar Ganji
* Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
* Alireza Jafarzadeh, FOX News Channel Foreign Affairs Analyst
* Kia Joorabchian, businessman
* Zahra Kazemi
* Nasser David Khalili, Billionaire, Art Collector. [http://www.iranian.com/PhotoDay/2005/March/dk.html]
* Mohammad Khatami, former president of Iran
* Rosie Malek-Yonan
* Ross Mirkarimi
* Pierre Omidyar, founder of ebay
* Reza Pahlavi, Crown Prince of Iran. Last original heir to the throne.
* Shermine Shahrivar, Miss Europe 2005. [http://www.iranian.com/PhotoDay/2005/March/miss.html]
* Bahar Soomekh, Iranian - American actor

Artists

Calligraphists

* Gholam Hossein Amirkhani
* Ali Bozorgmehr [http://www.alibozorgmehr.com/]
* Abolhassan Etessami
* Mir Emad Hassani
* Seyyed Jafar Kashfi
* Yadollah Kaboli Khansari
* Reza Mafi
* Mishkín-Qalam
* Bahman Panahi
* Jalil Rasouli
* Mir Ali Tabrizi

Cartoonists

*Javad Alizadeh
*Maziyar Bizhani
*Kambiz Derambakhsh
*Ardeshir Mohassess
*Nikahang Kowsar
*Mana Neyestani
*Touka Neyestani
*Afshin Sabooki
*Alan Sakhavarz

Cinema artists

Actors and actresses

* Akbar Abdi
* Golab Adineh
* Mahnaz Afshar
* Nazanin Afshin-Jam
* Shohreh Aghdashloo
* Pegah Ahangarani
* Taraneh Alidousti
* Christiana Amanpour
* Jahangir Almasi
* Zahra Amir Ebrahimi
* Daryoush Arjmand
* Catherine Bell
* Delkash
* Omid Djalili
* Bizhan Emkanian
* Ezzatollah Entezami
* Homayoun Ershadi
* Parviz Fannizadeh
* Behzad Farahani
* Golshifteh Farahani
* Majid Farahani
* Shaghayegh Farahani
* Mohammad Ali Fardin
* Farimah Farjami
* Bita Farrahi
* Taies Farzan
* Jahangir Forouhar
* Leila Forouhar
* Mohammad Reza Foroutan
* Faramarz Gharibian
* Googoosh
* Mohammad Reza Golzar
* Azita Hajian
* Mehdi Hashemi
* Leila Hatami
* Amin Hayaee
* Maz Jobrani
* Niki Karimi
* Mohammad Ali Keshavarz
* Reza Kianian
* Majid Majidi
* Rosie Malek-Yonan
* Jamshid Mashayekhi
* Mehran Modiri
* Ali Mosaffa
* Fatemeh Motamed-Aria
* Ahmad Najafi
* Ali Nassirian
* Roya Nonahali
* Roxanne Pallett
* Parviz Parastouee
* Mahaia Petrosian
* Parsa Pirouzfar
* Saeed Rad
* Bahram Radan
* Davoud Rashidi
* Narges Rashidi
* Homa Rousta
* Sarah Shahi
* Parviz Sayyad
* Khosrow Shakibaee
* Mohammad Reza Sharifinia
* Jamileh Sheykhi
* Bahar Soomekh
* Sussan Taslimi
* Hedyeh Tehrani
* Behrouz Vossoughi
* Merila Zarei

Directors and filmmakers

* Behrouz Afkhami
* Kiarash Anvari
* Kami Asgar
* Kianoush Ayyari
* Morteza Avini
* Shoja Azari, director. [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0333694/]
* Rakhshan Bani-Etemad
* Bahram Beizai
* Mahdi Bemani Naeini
* Ahmad Reza Darvish
* Abolhassan Davoudi
* Saeed Ebrahimifar
* Bahman Farman-Ara
* Ramin Farahani
* Sadaf Foroughi
* Iraj Ghaderi
* Farokh Ghaffari [http://www.ghaffaris.com/]
* Rabeah Ghaffari, director. [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1699687/]
* Behrooz Gharibpoor
* Bahman Ghobadi, director of "A Time for Drunken Horses"
* Akbar Golrang
* Ali Hatami
* Ebrahim Hatamikia
* Hassan Hedayat
* Ardeshir Irani, director of first Indian Talkie, Alam Ara
* Abolfazl Jalili
* Darius Khondji
* Samuel Khachikian
* Abbas Kiarostami, director of "Taste of Cherry"
* Masoud Kimiai
* Parviz Kimiavi
* Esma'il Kooshan
* Mohsen Makhmalbaf, director of "Kandahar"
* Samira Makhmalbaf, director of "At Five in the Afternoon"
* David Mahmoudieh
* Majid Majidi, director of "Children of Heaven"
* Darius Mehrjui, director of "Leila"
* Reza Mirkarimi, director of "So Close, So Far"
* Mehran Modiri, director of "Pavarchin", "Noghtechin", "Shabhaye Barareh"
* Jalal Moghaddam
* Rasoul Mollagholipour
* Amir Naderi
* Jafar Panahi, director of "The Circle"
* Babak Payami, director of "Silence between Two Thoughts"
* Amir Fardin Sadeghi Nedjad, director of "No War, No Bomb, No Famine, PEACE "
* Abdolhossein Sepanta
* Parviz Shahbazi
* Sohrab Shahid-Sales
* Kamran Shirdel
* Daryush Shokof, director of "Seven Servants"
* Khosrow Sinai
* Kamal Tabrizi
* Nasser Taghvai
* Iraj Tahmasb

Film score composers

* Hossein Alizadeh
* Babak Bayat
* Majid Entezami
* Fariborz Lachini
* Ahmad Pejman
* Peyman Yazdanian

Designers

Fashion designers

*Pegah Anvarian
*Shirin Guild
*Behnaz Sarafpour
*Bijan Pakzad
*Mahla Zamani
*Bahar Shahpar
*Nima Behnoud

Graphic designers

* Reza Abedini
* Martin Armand
* Farshid Mesghali
* Morteza Momayez
* Ghobad Shiva

Entertainers

Comedians

* Omid Djalili
* Negin Farsad
* Maz Jobrani
* Hadi Khorsandi
* Shaparak Khorsandi
* Ebrahim Nabavi

Dancers

* Farzaneh Kaboli, folkloric
* Mohamad Reza Khordadian, pop
* Jamileh, pop
* Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam, folkloric

Music video directors

* Alireza Amirghassemi
* Alec Cartio
* Daryoush Derakshandeh
* Tehran Ghasri
* Darya Gol
* Armin Hashemi
* Kaveh Nikpour
* Ravi
* Koji Zadori

Musicians and Singers

Classical

Iranian Classical/Traditional

* Dariush Eghbali
* Gholam-Hossein Banan
* Sima Bina, folkloric music
* Mohammad Reza Darvishi
* Delkash
* Hossein Khaje Amiri
* Hossein Khan Esmail Zadeh
* Mirza Abdollah Farahani
* Akbar Golpaygani
* Morteza Hannaneh
* Kayhan Kalhor
* Kamkarha
* Mamak Khadem (of Axiom of Choice)
* Ruhollah Khaleghi
* Mohammad Reza Lotfi
* Javad Maroofi
* Marzieh
* Mojtaba Mirzadeh
* Mohammad Mousavi
* Mohsen Namjoo
* Shahram Nazeri
* Bahman Panahi
* Parisa
* Abolhasan Saba
* Mohammad Shams
* Homayoun Shajarian
* Mohammad-Reza Shajarian
* Hossein Tehrani
* Abdolali Vaziri, singer and tar player
* Alinaghi Vaziri, composer and tar player
* Parviz Yahaghi
* Jalal Zolfonun
* Mahmoud Zoulfonoun
* Zyriab
*Parviz Meshkatian

Western Classical

* Lily Afshar
* Mohammad Reza Darvishi
* Armik
* Tania Eshaghoff
* Shahin Farhat
* Fereidoun Farrahi
* Golriz Hashemi
* Aminollah Hossein
* Lotfi Mansouri
* Alireza Mashayekhi
* Nader Mashayekhi
* Ali Rahbari
* Anoushiravan Rohani
* Shahrdad Rohani
* Heshmat Sandjari
* Farshad Sandjari
* Loris Tjeknavorian (Loris Cheknavarian)

Electronic

* Leila Arab
* Deep Dish
* Farshad Farshadmanesh (Farlander)
* DJ Maryam
* Fred Maslaki
* Ali Movasat (DJ Aligator)
* Steve Naghavi (of German industrial group And One)
* Nami
* Behrouz Nazari
* Omid Nourizadeh
* Ali "Dubfire" Shirazinia (of Deep Dish)
* Shahram Tayebi (of Deep Dish)

Pop

(Sorted according to the first letter of the most famous name)
* Arian Band [http://www.arianmusic.com ]
* Afshin
* Arash
* Arian Band
* Aref
* Alireza Assar
* Andy Madadian
* Anousheh Khalili
* Babak Torgoley
* Bijan Mortazavi
* Black Cats
* Darius Danesh
* Dariush Eghbali
* Davoud Behboodi
* Delkash
* Ebi (Ebrahim Hamedi)
* Farhad
* Farshid Amin
* Faramarz Aslani
* Faramarz Assef
* Fereidoun Farrahi
* Fereidoun Foroughi
* Golpa
* Googoosh
* Habib
* Hayadeh
* Hassan Shamaizadeh
* Hodi
* Homeyrah
* Houshmand Aghili
* Jamshid (musician)
* Kamran Delan
* Kamran & Hooman
* Kaveh Yaghmaei
* Khashayar Azar
* Kourosh Yaghmaei
* Kouros
* Leila Forouhar
* Mahasti
* Martik
* Mansour
* Mehrdad
* Mekabiz
* Mohammad Esfehani
* Mohammad Nouri
* Moein
* Nazanin Afshin-Jam
* Nooshafarin
* Omid
* Pyruz
* Reza Sadeghi
* Sandy
* Sattar
* Sepideh
* Shadmehr Aghili
* Susan Roshan
* Shahkar Binesh Pazhooh
* Shahram Solati
* Shahrokh
* Shahyad
* Saeed Mohammadi
* Shahram Shabpareh
* Shahrum K
* Shohreh Solati
* Siavash
* Siavash Ghomeyshi
* Toofun
* Vigen

Lyricists

* Masoud Amini
* Masoud Fardmanesh
* Shahriar Ghanbary
* Aref Ghazvini
* Maryam Heydarzadeh
* Homayoun Hooshyarnejad
* Bamdad Joibari
* Lila Kasra
* Mansour Khorasani
* Homa Mirafshar
* Rahi Moaieri
* Rahim Moeini Kermanshahi
* Hosain Monzavi
* Parviz Olfat
* Jahanbakhsh Pazoki
* Navab Safa
* Bijan Samandar
* Ardalan Sarfaraz
* Naier Sina

Rock/Metal

* Ahoora
* Aras
* Agah Bahari
* Aryan Nazari
* Barad
* Amir Derakh, from the band Orgy
* Farzad Golpayegani
* Kahtmayan
* Khak
* Kiosk
* Meera
* O-Hum
* TarantisT
* Kaveh Yaghmaei
* Kourosh Yaghmaei

Painters, Illustrators and Sculptors

* Reza Abbasi
* Aydin Aghdashloo
* Hanibal Alkhas
* Aqa Buzurg
* Mohammad Reza Atashzad
* Hossein Behzad
* Kamaleddin Behzad
* Ali Bozorgmehr
* Iran Darroudi
* Majid Fadaeian
* Mahmoud Farshchian
* Nader Farzan - [http://www.naderfarzan.com website]
* Abu 'l-Hasan Ghaffari
* Mokarrameh Ghanbari
* Maryam Hashemi (Maryam Sandjari)
* Mansoureh Hosseini
* Bahram Kalhornia
* Kamal ol-Molk
* Zhaleh Kazemi
* Farshid Maleki
* Mani
* Roohee Mirbaha
* Noreen Motamed
* Nima Petgar
* Davood Roostaie
* Ali Akbar Sadeghi
* Abolhassan Khan Sadighi
* Sohrab Sepehri
* Shaikh Mohammad Shirazi
* Daryush Shokof
* Jazeh Tabatabai
* Ali Akbar Tajvidi
* Mohammad Ali Taraghijah
* Hassanali Khan Vaziri
* Mohsen Vaziri-Moghaddam

Photographers

* Abbas
* Morteza Avini
* Nader Davoodi
* Manoochehr Deghati
* Reza Deghati
* Shahram Entekhabi
* Ali Ghanbari
* Kaveh Golestan
* Sam Javanrouh
* Nasrollah Kasraian
* Behrouz Mehri
* Maryam Mohammadi
* Jahangir Razmi, Pulitzer prize winner
* Ali Salehi
* Hassan Sarbakhshian
* Sadegh Tirafkan
* Alfred Yaghobzadeh
* Maryam Zandi

Theatre artists

Stage actors and actresses

* Mehdi Bajestani
* Shiva Boloorian
* Maryam Davari
* Behzad Farahani
* Shamsi Fazlollahi
* Mohammad Reza Jozi
* Rosie Malek-Yonan
* Alex Mohajer
* Ali Nassirian
* Saeed Poursamimi
* Ahmad Saatchian
* Roya Teymourian
* Shabnam Tolooei

Theatre directors

* Bahram Bayzai
* Shiva Boloorian
* Behrouz Gharibpour
* Rosie Malek-Yonan
* Hengameh Mofid
* Akbar Radi

Journalism/Media

Bloggers

* Massoumeh Ebtekar
* Mohammad Ali Abtahi
* Hossein Derakhshan
* Mehdi Jami
* Omid Memarian
* Pedram Moallemian
* Sina Motalebi
* Mojtaba Saminejad

Journalists

* Hashem Aghajari
* Masih Alinejad
* Ahmad Allahyari
* Pouian Allahyari
* Christiane Amanpour
* Rudi Bakhtiar
* Emadeddin Baghi
* Mohammad Taghi Bahar
* Massoud Behnoud
* Ali Akbar Dehkhoda
* Masoud Dehnamaki
* Azadeh Ensha The New York Times
* Pari Esfandiari [http://www.irandokht.com/writerscorner/expert.php?authorID=33/]
* Mirzadeh Eshghi
* Touraj Farazmand
* Farhang Farrahi
* Farrokhi Yazdi, pahlavi era.
* Akbar Ganji
* Mehran Ghassemi
* Mohammad Ghouchani
* Kaveh Golestan, BBC Late photographer, Pulitzer Prize winner. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/2911419.stm]
* Saeed Hajjarian
* Manook Khodabakhshian
* Nikahang Kowsar
* Arash Markazi
* Alireza Maybodi
* Omid Memarian
* Azadeh Moaveni
* Sina Motallebi
* Ebrahim Nabavi
* Alireza Nourizadeh
* Kioumars Saberi Foumani
* Shadi Sadr
* Abolmohsen Salemi
* Homa Sarshar
* Ahmad Shamlou
* Mashallah Shams-ol-vaezin
* Hossein Shariatmadari
* Youness Shokrkhah
* Jahangir Khan Soor-Esrafil

Television personalities

* Christiane Amanpour, television journalist, CNN
* Shahram Aslani
* Zia Atabay
* Rudi Bakhtiar, news anchor, formerly with CNN and FOX News
* Mehrdad Esmaili Kia, founder and CEO, Persian Music Channel
* Adel Ferdosipour, football announcer, Navad program
* Tehran Ghasri
* Farzad Hassani
* Bahram Moshiri
* Nazanin Moshiri, Reporter and journalist for Al Jazirah news (English section)
* Alireza Meybodi
* Asieh Namdar, news anchor at CNN
* Maryam Namazi, news anchor at Al Jazirah (English section)
* Reza Rashidpour
* Hamid Shabkhiz, founder, Iran TV Network

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)

* Abu Muslim, Leader of the Persian upraising against Arabs.
* Babak Khorram Din, Leader of the Persian upraising against Arabs
* Bozorgmehr Sage and Grand Vizier of Sasanids.
* Fazl ebne Sahl, Abbasid Grand Vizier
* Amir-Kabir, Grand Vizier.
* Heidar Khan Amughli, Secretary-General of the Communist Party of Iran during the Constitutionalist Revolution of Gilan.
* Dr Talequani Heshmat, jangali leader and ally of Mirza Kuchek Khan.
* Bagher Khan, constitutionalist leader
* Hosein Dadgar, parliament speaker.
* Ghaem Magham Farahani, prime minister
* Abdol Hossein Mirza Farmanfarma, prime minister, multiple other roles.
* Hassan-e-Sabbah, sectarian political leader.
* Kaveh the Blacksmith, Legendary Leader and Liberator against the rule of Zahhak, an Arab king.
* Maziar son of Karan,Leader of the Persian upraising against Arabs.
* Mirza Kuchek Khan, constitutionalist leader of Guilan.
* Mirza Reza Kermani, assassinated Nasereddin Shah.
* Mohammad Khiabani, popular leader during Constitutionalist Revolution.
* Prince Moahammad Ali Mirza Dowlatshah, Dowlatshah carried the last, and the most successful, attack on the Ottoman Empire in Iraq at 1821.
* Mostowfi ol-Mamalek, Prime Minister.
* Nezam al-Molk, statesman and vizier.
* Ostadsis,Leader of Persian uprising against Arabs
* Fazlollah Noori, conservative clergy opposing Constitunalists, hanged.
* Nosrat Dowleh Firouz Mirza, provincial governor.
* Colonel Pesian
* Mahmud Khan Puladeen, senior military general.
* Safi Al-Din, Spiritual founder of Safavid dynasty.
* Sattar Khan, constitutionalist leader.
* Mirza Mehdi Khan Astarabadi, Nader Shah's Chief Minister.
* Mirza Ahmad Khan Motazed-Dowleh Vaziri, deputy of the first Majles and minister of economy.

Modern (post-Qajar)

Pahlavi period

* Bahram Aryana, military commander
* Mehdi Agili, minister of education
* Dr Ahmad Ahmadi, notorious prison interrogator
* Mohammad Hosein Airom, senior military leader
* Sepahbod Ahmad Amir-Ahmadi, military leader
* Jahangir Amouzegar, former minister, and former Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund. [http://www.foreignaffairs.org/author/jahangir-amuzegar/index.html]
* Hushang Ansary, Minister of Finance, President of NIOC
* Hasan Arfa, Army General, Ambassador to Russia, Ambassador to Turkey
* Heidar Arfaa, Conseiller d'État, Minister of Agriculture, Député-Majlis Fars Province
* Ramzi Abbas Attaie, Admiral and Commander in Chief, Imperial Iranian Navy
* Shapour Bakhtiar, prime minister
* Teymour Bakhtiar, head of SAVAK
*Bahman Batmanghelidj, Prominent Businessman and Developer
*Fereydoon Batamanghelidj (Correctly spelt Batmanghelidj), Doctor and Prominent Businessman
*Nader Batmanghelidj, Lt. General and Interior Minister
* Karim Buzarjomehri, Army General military aide of Reza Shah, Mayor of Tehran
* Ali Akbar Davar, Minister, and founder of Iran's modern Judiciary system.
* Soraya Esfandiary Bakhtiari
* Hossein Fardoust, deputy head of SAVAK
* George Malek-Yonan, procured a seat in Iran's Parliament for Assyrians as a recognized minority
* Abbas Mirza Farman Farmaian, Minister of Parliament
* Firouz Mirza Nosrat-ed-Dowleh Farman Farmaian, Minister of Finance
* Manucher Mirza Farman Farmaian, Director of Sales for NIOC and Ambassador to Venezuela
* Sattareh Farman Farmaian, Established first social worker schools in Iran.
* Hossein Fatemi, Minister of Foreign Affairs
* Amanullah Jahanbani, senior military leader, and father-in-law of Christiane Amanpour's father.
* Nader Jahanbani, air force general, pilot
* Mohammad Khatami, four-star General, Commander of Iranian Air Force
* Mahmoud Khayami, leading industrialist.
* Kazem Kouros, Senator, Industrialist, Philanthropist
* Mahmud Mahmud, politician
* Qazi Mohammad, Kurdish politician, first (and only) Kurdish president of the 1946 Republic of Kurdistan
* Hassan Modarres, member of parliament
* Nasser Moghaddam, head of SAVAK
* Nematollah Nassiri, head of SAVAK
* Hassan Pakravan, head of SAVAK
* Farokhroo Parsa, minister of education
* Colonel Pesian, military leader
* Abdollah Riazi, first speaker of parliament
* Seyyed Zia'eddin Tabatabaee
* Seyyed Jalal Taghavi Laridjani or (Taghavi Larigani), senior politician, Member of Parliament ("Majlis Shoraayeh Melli")
* Amir Abdollah Tahmasebi, military leader
* Abdolhossein Teymourtash, Iranian Statesman
* Hasan Toufanian, four-star army general
* Ardeshir Zahedi

Served in Islamic Republic government

* Mohammad Abaee-Khorasani, member of parliament
* Ali Abdolalizadehh, minister of housing and urban development
* Mohammad Hassan Aboutorabi-Fard, vice speaker of parliament
* Mohammad Ali Abtahi, vice president
* Seyed Mohammad Hossein Adeli, Head of Central Bank of Iran, Ambassador to United Kingdom
* Emad Afrough, member of parliament
* Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, mayor of Tehran, now president of Iran
* Abbasali Alizadeh
* Hossein Allah-Karam
* Ayatollah Amini, deputy chair of Assembly of Experts
* Majead Ansari, member of parliament
* Hossein Ansari-Rad, member of parliament
* Mohammad Reza Aref, first vice president
* Mohsen Armin, member of parliament
* Habibollah Asgarowladi, member of parliament
* Ebrahim Asgharzadeh
* Hamid Reza Assefi, foreign affairs spokesman
* Ayatollah Azari-Ghomi
* Hassan Ayat
* Asadollah Badamchian
* Mohammad Javad Bahonar, prime minister
* Mohammad Reza Bahonar, vice speaker of parliament
* Abolhassan Banisadr, president
* Mehdi Bazargan, prime minister
* Mohammad Beheshti, head of judiciary
* Ala'eddin Boroujerdi, member of parliament
* Mostafa Chamran, Minister of Defense
* Maoud Dehnamaki
* Ghorbanali Dorri-Najafabadi, minister of intelligence
* Masoumeh Ebtekar, vice president
* Gholam Hossein Elham
* Manuchehr Eliasi, Jewish member of parliament
* Saeed Emami, vice minister of intelligence
* Mohammad Emami-Kashani
* Ali Fallahian, minister of intelligence
* Nafiseh Fayyazbakhsh, parliament representative
* Iraj Fazel, minister of health
* Hassan Ghafourifard, minister of energy
* Sadegh Ghotbzadeh, minister of foreign affairs
* Shahabeddin Gonabadi, minister of housing and urban development
* Saeed Hajjarian, Tehran council member
* Hassan Habibi, first vice president
* Gholam Ali Haddad-Adel, speaker of parliament
* Fatemeh Haghighatjou, member of parliament
* Morteza Haji, minister of education
* Mehdi Hashemi
* Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, president
* Faezeh Hashemi Rafsanjani, member of parliament
* Mohammad Hashemi Rafsanjani
* Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, current head of judiciary
* Gholamreza Hassani, Friday Prayer Imam of Urmia
* Elias Hazrati, member of parliament
* Mahmoud Hojjati, minister of roads and transportation
* Ruhollah Hosseinian
* Nasrollah Jahangard, chair of Supreme Council of ICT
* Ahmad Jannati, chair of Council of Guardians
* Gholamhossein Karbaschi, mayor of Tehran
* Mehdi Karroubi, speaker of parliament
* Sadegh Khalkhali, Sharia ruler
* Kamal Kharrazi, minister of foreign affairs
* Ali Khamenei, supreme leader
* Hadi Khamenei, member of parliament
* Ahmad Khatami
* Mohammad Khatami, president
* Mohammad Reza Khatami, deputy speaker of parliament
* Abolghasem Khaz'ali
* Ahmad Khomeini
* Ruhollah Khomeini, supreme leader, founder of the Islamic Republic
* Elaheh Koulai, member of parliament
* Asadollah Lajevardi
* Ali Larijani, president of IRIB
* Mohammad Javad Larijani, member of parliament
* Sadegh Larijani
* Mohammad Reza Mahdavi-Kani
* Alireza Mahjoub
* Hossein Mahlouji, minister of mining and metals
* Ayatollah Mohammad Taghi Mesbah Yazdi
* Ali Meshkini, chair of Assembly of Experts
* Mohsen Mirdamadi, member of parliament
* Ata'ollah Mohajerani, minister of culture and Islamic guidance
* Ayatollah Mohammadi-Gilani
* Mohseni-Ezhe'i
* Ali Akbar Mohtashamipour, member of parliament
* Rasoul Montajebnia, member of parliament
* Grand Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri
* Saeed Mortazavi
* Morteza Motahhari
* Ahmad Motamedi, minister of communications
* Mir-Hossein Mousavi, prime minister
* Abdolkarim Mousavi-Ardabili
* Abdolvahed Mousavi-Lari, minister of interior
* Hossein Mousavi-Tabrizi
* Ali Movahhedi-Kermani
* Behzad Nabavi, vice speaker of parliament
* Morteza Nabavi
* Elias Naderan, Majlis Representative
* Mohammad Reza Naghdi
* Mohammad Ali Najafi, minister of education
* Hadi Namazi
* Bizhan Namdar-Zangeneh, minister of oil
* Ali Akbar Nategh-Nouri, speaker of parliament
* Mohammad Niazi
* Mohammad Bagher Nobakht
* Abdollah Noori, minister of interior
* Alireza Noori, member of parliament
* Mohsen Nourbakhsh, head of Central Bank of Iran
* Ali Parvaresh
* Masoud Pezeshkian, minister of health
* Mohsen Rafighdoust
* Ebrahim Raisi, first deputy of head of judiciary system
* Mohammad Ali Rajai, president
* Abdollah Ramezanzadeh, government spokesman
* Ali Razini
* Mohammad Reyshahri
* Mohsen Rezaee, member of Expediency Discernment Council
* Hassan Rowhani, deputy speaker of parliament
* Mohammad Saeedikia, minister of roads and transportation
* Mohsen Safaee-Farahani, member of parliament and head of Iranian Football Federation
* Rahim Safavi
* Mohammad Salamati
* Ali Akbar Salehi
* Ayatollah Sane'i
* Abolghasem Sarhaddizadeh, member of parliament
* Mohammad Sattarifar, vice president
* Ali Shamkhani, minister of defence
* Hossein Shariatmadari
* Arman Sadeghi
* Jalaleddin Taheri
* Hamid Reza Taraghghi
* Mostafa Tajzadeh, deputy minister of interior
* Ahmad Tavakkoli, minister of labour
* Akbar Torkan, minister of roads and transportation
* Ayatollah Va'ez-Tabasi
* Mohammad Yazdi, head of judiciary
* Ebrahim Yazdi, foreign minister of interim government
* Ali Younessi, minister of information
* Ezzatollah Zarghami, president of IRIB
* General Zolghadr

"See also": List of current Iranian officials

Not served or opposition

* Hashem Aghajari
* Reza Alamouti, Central Committee Member of Fedayan Guerillas & founder of Radio Aras
* Abbas Amir-Entezam
* Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize laureate
* Jalaleddin Farsi
* Dariush Forouhar
* Abdolrahman Ghasemlou
* Mansoor Hekmat
* Alireza Jafarzadeh
* Bijan Jazani
* Mohsen Kadivar
* Abolghasem Kashani
* Navvab Safavi, militant cleric
* Asghar Parsa
* Habibollah Peiman
* Jafar Pishevari
* Alireza Rajaei
* Maryam Rajavi
* Masoud Rajavi, militant opposition leader
* Gholam-Hossein Sadighi
* Mousa Sadr
* Ezzatollah Sahabi
* Yadollah Sahabi
* Karim Sanjabi
* Ali Shariati, sociologist
* Azam Taleghani
* Mahmoud Taleghani
* Parviz Varjavand
* Nasser Zarafshan
* Ahmad Zirakzadeh

Other Nations

*Goli Ameri, United States Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs
*Benazir Bhutto, Former Prime Minister of Pakistan, half-Iranian (mother)
*Nusrat Bhutto, Former first lady of Pakistan
*Dan Halutz, Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defense Forces
*Moshe Katsav, Former President of Israel
*Shaul Mofaz, Current Israeli Minister of Transport and a Deputy Prime Minister, and former Minister of Defense
*Reza Moridi, member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Canada

Literature figures

Authors and poets

*"See main list: List of Persian poets and authors"

Translators

* Karim Emami, author and translator
* Mohammad Ghazi, translator
* Karim Hesami, author and translator
* Shahrokh Meskoob, author and translator
* Majid M. Naini, author and translator
* Dariush Saberi, translator

Religious figures

"See List of Marjas."
"See List of Ayatollahs".

* Báb, prophet
* Bahá'u'lláh, prophet
* Haik Hovsepian Mehr, bishop and Christian martyr
* Jamal al-Din Asadabadi
* Mani, founder of Manichaeism
* Mazdak,Religious and Social Reformer
* Meher Baba, Indian spiritual master born to Iranian immigrant parents
* Muhammad ibn Ismail ad-Darazi
* Allameh Majlesi
* Mulla Sadra
* Safi Al-Din
* Salman the Persian
* Zahed Gilani
* Zoroaster, prophet

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

*Hossein Amanat
*Kamran Diba
*Heydar Ghiaï-Chamlou
*Fariborz Sahba

"See full List of Iranian architects."

Explorers and travellers

* Ahmad ibn Rustah, 10th century Persian explorer of Russia, Scandinavia and Arabia.
* Naser Khosrow, traveller, writer and poet
* Issa Omidvar, (Omidvar Brothers were the first Iranian adventurers who traveled around the world)
* Abdollah Omidvar, ( [http://www.omidvar-brothers.com/en/defaulte.aspx Omidvar Brothers] , the first Iranian adventurers who traveled around the world)
* Zayn al-Abidin Shirvani
* Kazem Faridian, in 2007 he became the first Iranian to summit K2

Historians, Archaeologists and Iranologists

*Abbas Alizadeh
*Touraj Atabaki
*Mehrdad Bahar
*Touraj Daryaee
*Mohammad Ali Eslami Nodooshan
*Kaveh Farrokh
*Badiozzaman Forouzanfar
*Ahmad Kasravi
*Sadegh Malek Shahmirzadi
*Ezzatolah Neghban
*Alireza Shapour Shahbazi
*Abdolhossein Zarinkoob

Linguists

*Jaleh Amouzgar
*Mehrdad Bahar
*Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak
*Parviz Natel-Khanlari
*Ali Ravaghi
*Zabihollah Safa
*Ahmad Tafazzoli
*Ehsan Yarshater

Theorists and Philosophers

*Hossein Elahi Ghomshei
*Ahmad Mahdavi Damghani
*Hamid Dabashi
*Mohammad Mojtahed Shabestari
*Ehsan Naraghi
*Seyyed Hossein Nasr
*Dariush Shayegan
* Daryush Shokof
*Abdolkarim Soroush

Sports

* Alex Agase, American football player
* Andre Agassi, tennis player
* Emmanuel Agassi, boxer at the 1948 and 1952 Olympics, father of Andre Agassi
* Rahim Aliabadi, wrestler, Olympic Silver Medalist
* Khodadad Azizi, football player
* Mansour Bahrami, tennis player
* Mansour Barzegar, wrestler, Olympic Silver Medalist
* Alireza Dabir, wrestler, Olympic Gold Medalist
* Ali Daei, football player, top international goalscorer, world record holder
* Shawn Daivari, professional wrestler
* Yu Darvish, Iranian-Japanese baseball player
* Mohammad Ali Fardin, wrestler and actor
* Ehsan Ghaemmaghami, chess grandmaster
* Emamali Habibi Goudarzi, wrestler, first Iranian Olympic Gold Medalist, Melbourn 1956
* Ehsan Hadadi, discus thrower, Asian record holder
* Vahid Hashemian, football player
* Alireza Heidari, wrestler, Olympic Bronze Medalist
* Mohammad Reza Heidarian, futsal player
* Said Ali Akbar Heidari, wrestler, Olympic Bronze Medalist
* T.J. Houshmandzadeh, NFL player
* George Issabeg, Boxer at the 1948 and 1952 Olympics
* Abbas Jadidi, wrestler, Olympic Silver Medalist
* Ebrahim Javadi, wrestler, Olympic Bronze Medalist
* Masoud Jokar, wrestler, Olympic Silver Medalist
* Yossef Karami, Taekwondo World Champion, Olympic bronze Medalist
* Ali Karimi, football player
* Amir Reza Khadem Azghadi, wrestler, Olympic Bronze Medalist
* Rasul Khadem Azghadi, wrestler, Olympic Gold Medalist
* Mehdi Mahdavikia, football player
* George Malek-Yonan, Iran's "Champion of Champions" in Track & Field and Pentathlon
* Saeid Marouf, volleyball player
* Arash Miresmaili, Judo World Champion
* Syed Mohammed Hadi, Indian cricketer and tennis player of Persian descent
* Mahyar Monshipour, World Super Bantamweight Boxing Champion
* Elshan Moradi, chess grandmaster
* Mohammad Mousavi, volleyball player
* Abdollah Movahed, wrestler, Olympic Gold Medalist
* Mahmoud Namjoo, weightlifter, Olympic Silver Medalist
* Mohammad Nassiri, weightlifter, Olympic Gold Medalist
* Javad Nekounam, football player
* Shoura Osipov, Boxer at 1948 Olympics
* Shadi Paridar, chess Woman Grandmaster
* Ali Parvin, football player and coach
* Alireza Rezaei, wrestler, Olympic Silver Medalist
* Aravane Rezaï tennis player
* Rahman Rezaei, football player
* Hossein Rezazadeh, weightlifter, double Olympic Champion Sydney 2000 , Athen 2004, world record holder
* Jaber Rouzbahani, basketball player
* Hadi Saei, Taekwondo World Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist
* Mohammed Jaafar Salmasi, weightlifter, Olympic Bronze Medalist, London 1948, First Iranian Olympic Medalist
* Mohammad Ali Sanatkaran, wrestler, Olympic Bronze Medalist
* Vahid Shamsaei, futsal player, top international futsal goalscorer
* Gholamreza Takhti, wrestler, Olympic Gold Medalist
* Hossein Tavakoli, weightlifter, Olympic Gold Medalist
* Andranik Teymourian, football player
* Khosrow Vaziri, professional wrestler
* Leila Vaziri, swimmer, World Champion, world record holder
* Fereydoon Zandi, football player

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] ArtistsSimin Daneshvar, Iranian novelist and author of SuvashunSimin 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

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

Scientists and Engineers

* Fariba Adelkhah, Director of Research at Centre for International Studies and Research, France. [http://www.ceri-sciencespo.com/cherlist/adelkhah.htm]
* Anousheh Ansari, First female space tourist, leading telecommunication entrepreneur, and namesake of the X Prize
* Mina Bissell, Director of UC Berkeley Life Sciences Division. [http://www.asip.org/mtgs/EB03/Bissell.htm]
* Mariam Kamkar, Head of Computer and Information Science Department, Linköpings Universitet, Sweden. [http://www.ida.liu.se/~marka/]
* Majgan Mahjoub, Director of Zooarchaeology Research Center, National Museum of Iran, researcher at museum of natural history at Paris. [http://geocities.com/DonkeyConference/mashkourvila2005.html]
* Patricia L. Mokhtarian, Associate Director, Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Davis. [http://cee.engr.ucdavis.edu/faculty/mokhtarian/Default.htm]
* Simin Nikbin Meydani, Senior Scientist and Director at Tufts University. [http://hnrc.tufts.edu/scientists/people/smeydani.php]
* Manijeh Razeghi, Director, Center for Quantum Devices, Northwestern University. [http://www.ece.northwestern.edu/~razeghi/]
* Reihaneh Safavi-Naini, Cryptographer, professor of computer science, and head of [http://www.titr.uow.edu.au/ Telecommunications and Information Technology Research Institute] at University of Wollongong
* Nahid Shahmehri, Director of the Laboratory for Intelligent Information, Linköpings Universitet, Sweden. [http://www.ida.liu.se/labs/iislab/people/nahsh/]
* Azadeh Tabazadeh, Stanford University scientist from NASA. [http://www.agu.org/inside/awards/bios/tabazadeh_azadeh.html] [http://www.irandokht.com/editorial/index4.php?area=wor&sectionID=53&editorialID=848 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 [http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=/netahtml/PTO/search-adv.htm&r=0&p=1&f=S&l=50&Query=in/mina+AND+in/farr&d=PTXT 23 U.S. and International patents in Optics] , [http://www.hpl.hp.com/news/2002/jan-mar/dvdrw.html Hewlett-Packard DVD+RW] , [http://www.intuitivesurgical.com/products/index.aspx Intuitive Surgical da Vinci]
* Shirin Dehghan, CEO of Arieso, [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6111090.stm winner of the 2006 Blackberry Women and Technology Awards]

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 [http://www.virginia.edu/womenstudies/people/milani.html]
* 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 [http://www.csun.edu/~ws20500/Faculty-Webpage_Tohidi.htm]
* 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 [http://www.city.ac.uk/music/staff/laudan.html]
*Golbarg Bashi
* Fariba Zarinebaf, Lecturer and Iran expert in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA [http://www.virginia.edu/history/user/57]
* Noushafarin Ansari, Professor at University Of Tehran, Secretary General of Children's Book Council Of Iran
* Simin Karimi, Professor of Linguistics, University of Arizona [http://www.u.arizona.edu/~karimi]
* 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).

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 [http://www.thecrimsonfield.com "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

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 [http://www.amneheskandari.com] Visual Art
* Maryam Eskandari [http://www.maryameskandari.com] Sculptor

Artists

* 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 [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEQuDfHmr3A]
* Shohreh Solati, Singer
*Rosie Malek-Yonan, Actor, director and writer. [http://imdb.com/title/tt0804522 "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 [http://www.irandokht.com/TV/TVmore.php?PID=57 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 [http://www.monirvakili.com]
* Madam Yelena, Dancer, Choreographist
* Amaneh Eskandari,Painter,Video artist [http://www.amneheskandari.com]

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

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 [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-X39zdgXSqs] 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. [http://www.sharghnewspaper.com/830327/life.htm]
* Shahla Habibi
* Nasrin Soltankhah
* Fatemeh Javadi, Vice-President, and head of the Department of the Environment.

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, RulerFact|date=May 2007.
* 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.

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) [http://www.mahak-charity.org/]
* 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 [http://www.thecrimsonfield.com/congressionalhea.html 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

In the news

* Darya Bayat, Musician, Piano Soloist, International Award winner of Excellence, Composer, Poet, And Human Rights Activist. [http://www.daryabayat.com/]
* 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. [http://www.missworld.tv/bio/bio.sps?iBiographyID=51744]
* Rudi Bakhtiar, TV news anchor.
* Minu Barati, wife of Joschka Fischer, German Former Foreign Minister. [http://www2.onunterhaltung.t-online.de/dyn/c/16/29/07/1629076.html]
* Ladan and Laleh Bijani, conjoined twins.
* Haleh Esfandiari, scholar, detainee [http://edition.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/05/21/iranian.woman/index.html]
* Lily Mazahery, Lawyer, International Human Rights Activist, President of the Legal Rights Institute. [http://www.herearth.com/index_files/Page1736.htm]
* Mandana Naderian, German TV hostess. [http://www.mandana-naderian.de/]
* Nazanin Fatehi, controversially sentenced to death for murder.
* Shermine Shahrivar, Miss Europe 2005. [http://www.iranian.com/PhotoDay/2005/March/miss.html]
* Masoumeh Soltanbalaqi, Iran's First Woman Bus Driver [http://www.irandokht.com/editorial/index4.php?area=wor&sectionID=53&editorialID=283]
* Dineh Mohajer founded the $10 million-a-year Hard Candy when she was 22 years old [http://www.anvari.org/iran/Famous_Iranians/Dineh_Mohajer.html]
* Yasmin Parvaneh Yasmin Le Bon super model

Others

* Afsane Bassir Pour, Director of the Regional United Nations Information Center (appointed by Kofi Annan) [http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2005/sga949.doc.htm] , Formerly: Bureau Chief and International Correspondent for Le Monde
* Parisa Khosravi, Senior Vice President and Managing Editor of International Newsgathering for CNN Worldwie [http://www.cnn.com/JOBS/cnn.vj.khosravi.html]
* Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s Chief International Correspondent [http://www.cnn.com/CNN/anchors_reporters/amanpour.christiane.html]
* Atoosa Rubenstein, founder and the editor of CosmoGirl magazine and the editor of Seventeen [http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/04/fashion/04atoosa.html?ref=fashion] , [http://www.anvari.org/iran/Famous_Iranians/Atoosa_Rubenstein.html]
* 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

* Alireza Afzalipour, businessman and Philanthropist, founder of Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman
* Saeed Asgar, assassin of Saeed Hajjarian
* Minu Barati, wife of Joschka Fischer, the former German Foreign Minister.
* Ali Dashti
* George Deukmejian, former governor of California
* Zahra Eshraghi, granddaughter of Ayatollah Khomeini and wife of Mohammad Reza Khatami
* Shahram Jazayeri
* Mori Hosseini, Distinguished community leader. [http://www.iranianamericanpac.org/leadership/p_hosseini.shtml]
* Shahram Entekhabi,Iranian born artist and architect. [http://www.entekhabi.org]
* Mehran Karimi Nasseri
* Doris Lessing
* Vahid Tabatabaie [http://vtabatabaie.20m.com]
* Moshe Katsav, President of Israel
* Farah Karimi, Iranian female Dutch Member of Parliament. [http://www.sharghnewspaper.com/830327/life.htm]
* Ross Mirkarimi, Member of San Francisco city council from Green Party
* Shaul Mofaz, Israeli Defense Minister
* Mandana Naderian, German TV hostess. [http://www.mandana-naderian.de/]
* Bijan Pakzad, World famous designer. [http://www.prismadesign.com/bijan/home.html]
* Saadat Khan, First Nawab of Oudh in India.
* Wajid Ali Shah, Last Nawab of Oudh, disposed of by the British East India Company.

Famous Armenians of Iran

* Klara Abkar, painter
* Andre Agassi, Tennis Champion
* Emmanuel Agassi, 1948 and 1952 Olympics boxer representing Iran, Father of Andre Agassi
* Armaees Aghamaliyan
* Vahid Tabatabaie
* Anik, actress
* Anoosh, actress
* Arman Hovsepian, actor
* Vigen Derderian, singer
* Haik Hovsepian Mehr, bishop and Christian martyr
* Varuzh Karim-Masihi, film editor/director
* Samuel Khachikian, film director
* Loretta Hayrapetian
* Daron Malakian, guitarist of System of a Down
* Rubik Mansuri
* Ovannes Ohanian, first Iranian film director
* Petrus Palian
* Artashes Patmagarian
* Mushegh Soruri
* Loris Tjeknavorian
* Andranik Teymourian
* Varuzhan
* Yeprem Khan

Famous Assyrians of Iran

* Ramona Amiri, Miss Canada 2005
* Freydun Atturaya, co-founder of the Assyrian Socialist Party
* Issa Benyamin, calligraphist
* George Issabeg, 1948 and 1952 Olympics boxer representing Iran
* Ivan Kakovitch, (1933-2006) activist and author "Mount Semele" (2001)
* Paulus Khofri, composer, painter
* Marganita Vogt-Khofri, Pianist, Vocalist
* George Malek-Yonan, politician and "Champion of Champions" of Iran
* Milton Malek-Yonan, inventor of converted Rice
* Rosie Malek-Yonan, actor, activist and author of "The Crimson Field"
* Shoura Osipov, 1948 Olympics boxer representing Iran
* Benjamin Taimoorazy, M.D., inventor of Napas Breathing Device

Famous Chaldeans of Iran

* Albert Bavi, General Manager of Power and Water, Tehran Division
* Paul Caldani, composer, writer, music researcher
* Villard Salibi, designer
* Mar Youhannan Semaan Issayi, Archbishop of Assyro-Chaldean Metropolitan Tehran

Famous Americans in Iran

* Howard Baskerville, Iran's first American martyr
* Joseph Cochran
* Elgin Groseclose, Treasury General, Persia
* Samuel M. Jordan whom "Jordan Ave." in Tehran is named after
* John Limbert
* William M. Miller
* Arthur Millspaugh, Treasury General, Persia
* Richard Nelson Frye
* Arthur Pope and Phyllis Ackerman, Persian Culture revivalists
* Morgan Shuster, Treasury General, Persia
* David Stronach

Famous Germans in Iran

* Ernst-Jakob Christoffel German missionary in Iran and founder of Isfahan Institute for the Blind and of Christian Blind Mission
* Annemarie Schimmel, German born Harvard expert on Iranian literature.
* Wilhelm Wassmuss German diplomat, spy and military hero, Iran, first World War

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"

* Meher Baba, Indian spiritual master, parents were from Kerman.
* Ardeshir Irani, director of first Indian talkie Alam Ara; born in India to Iranian immigrant parents
* Sir Dinshah Irani, Zoroastrian leader

See also

* List of Iran-related topics
* List of people by nationality
* Irani


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