Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran
Austrian Iranologist Bert Fragner received an
award from the Dr. Mahmud Afshar Yazdi Foundation of Iran in his hometown of
Vienna last week.
Bert Fragner was appointed winner of the award in 2009 for his lifetime research and activities on Iran's history and culture but he was not able to travel to Iran to get his award due to an illness, the head of foundation Mohammad-Taqi Joneydi told the Persian service of MNA.
The 18th edition of the award-giving ceremony took place at the Austrian Academy of Sciences on July 8 in which director of the Foundation's Guardianship Council Mostafa Mohaqqeq-Damad handed the award to Fragner.
The award ceremony was scheduled to be held on June 20, 2009 here in Tehran but it was postponed due to Fragner's illness, as the winner should be present at the ceremony, Joneydi said, adding, "But for the first time, the award was presented in another country outside Iran."
The award consists of a plaque of honor and a Persian rug which bears the phrase, "The 18th Award from the Mahmud Afshar Foundation is donated to Bert Fragner in 2009."
Bert Fragner is the Director of the Institute of Iranian Studies of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna. He got his PhD in 1970 with his thesis, "Hamadan during the Early Islamic Period."
The Dr. Mahmud Afshar Foundation annually awards scholars who have contributed valuable literary work or research on the Persian language and literature.
Charles-Henri de Fouchecour from France, Zohurdin Ahmad from Pakistani, John Honin from China, Kamal-din Aini from Tajikistan, Manuchehr Sotudeh and Abdul Hussein Zarrinkub from Iran are among the previous winners of the award.
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