Source: Iran Heritage Foundation
Dr Chahryar Adle: 1944-2015
It is with great regret that Iran Heritage Foundation notes the passing of Dr Chahryar Adle in Paris yesterday on 21st June 2015 at the early age of 71 years. He achieved international distinction for his work on the archaeology and art history of Iran and Afghanistan in the Islamic period, but he was far from being a reclusive scholar. He divided his time between Paris and Tehran, and often acted as a link between Iran and institutions in Europe. Chahryar was born in Tehran in 1944 and studied in Paris at the Ecole du Louvre and the Sorbonne Nouvelle University. In 1973, he joined the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) where most recently he was a Research Director Emeritus.
Amongst his extensive academic work, he was President of the International Scientific Committee for the publication of the History of Civilizations of Central Asia. For the last 35 years he was involved in the preservation and protection of World Cultural Heritage sites in Iran and Central Asia in collaboration with UNESCO and other bodies, including Balkh in Afghanistan, and he was instrumental in the investigation and renovation work at Bam Citadel after the earthquake of December 2003.
He is credited with having been the principal architect in the return to Tehran of a substantial part of the Shah Tahmasp (Houghton) Shahnameh, as well as the return to Iran of stolen paintings from the Golestan Palace in Tehran in 1979. It was in that palace that he discovered the Qajar films now being processed by the Centre National du Cinema (CNC) with the support of IHF. His last public lecture was at the IHF conference in January 2015 'From Persepolis to Isfahan: Safeguarding Cultural Heritage' where he gave an enthralling talk about 'The Inscription of the First Iranian Sites on UNESCO's list of World Heritage Properties in the Revolutionary Iran of 1979 and its Aftermath'. This was a process in which Chahryar had been personally much involved. His death is a major loss for Iranian studies, and IHF extends condolences to his wife Maryam and their young son Homayoun.
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