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06/10/09

Vienna to unveil statues of Iranian scientists

 
Press TV - The Austrian capital is set to unveil a pavilion featuring the statues of four prominent Iranian figures in front of the United Nations Office.


Statues of Omar Khayam, Rhazes, Avicenna and Abu Reihan Birouni in Iran

 
Highlighting the Iranian architectural features, the pavilion is adorned with Persian art forms and includes the statues of renowned Iranian scientists Avicenna, Abu Rayhan Birouni, Zakariya Razi (Rhazes) and Omar Khayyam.

The pavilion will be unveiled during the ceremony attended by the Iranian Vice President for Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism, Esfandyar Rahim-Masha'i.

Abu Reihan Birouni, considered by some as the founder of Indology, worked in various fields such as astronomy, chemistry, geography and geology. He is also known as the first Muslim scholar to study India and the Brahminical tradition.

Known as a prominent alchemist, chemist, physician, philosopher and scholar, Rhazes is widely recognized for the discovery of alcohol and producing acids such as sulfuric acid. He has also written numerous notes on diseases such as smallpox and chickenpox.

Also known as Shaykh al-Ra'is (Master and Head), Avicenna was a Persian polymath and the father of modern medicine, who influenced many literary and scientific figures including the renowned poet Omar Khayyam.

Avicenna's magnum opus is an immense encyclopedic work called the Kitab al-Shifa (The Book of Healing).

Omar Khayyam was an eminent Persian poet, astronomer and mathematician who is best known for his collection of quatrains (four-line poems) The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Rubaiyat is known in the West through Edward Fitzgerald's 1859 translation.
 

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