The Passing of Prof. Ehsan Yarshater

Ehsan Yarshater

Professor Ehsan Yarshater
1920 - 2018

LOS ANGELES, September 3, 2018 -- It is with deep regret and sorrow that we learned about the passing of Professor Ehsan Yarshater.

Recognized for his tremendous contributions to the study of Iranian civilization and the creation of the Encyclopaedia Iranica, a record of Persian heritage.

In 2009, Farhang Foundation recognized the contributions of Professor Yarshater, as the first recipient of the Farhang Heritage Award. As the director of the Center for Iranian Studies and Hagop Kevorkian Professor Emeritus of Iranian Studies at Columbia University. Renowned as the creator and editor of the Encyclopaedia Iranica, a work thirty years in the making that chronicles and preserves Persian heritage, Dr. Yarshater authored numerous scholarly works. Among others he authored Persian Poetry in the Second Half of the 15th Century (1953), Southern Tati Dialects (1970), and edited the third volume of Cambridge History of Iran, in two parts, covering the Seleucid, Parthian and Sassanian periods (1983,1986), and Persian Literature (1988). He was the General Editor of the 40-volume Tabari Translation Project, and the founding editor of the Persian Text Series, the Persian Heritage Series and the Persian Studies Series. Lecture series in his name have been instituted at Harvard, the University of London, and the University of California at Los Angeles.

Earlier this august, Columbia University changed the name of the center for Iranian studies, which Professor Yarshater had established in part for compilation of the Encyclopaedia Iranica, and the center was renamed the Ehsan Yarshater Center for Iranian Studies.

His legacy will last for eternity, his tremendous impact has and will be instrumental in Iranian studies worldwide.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the entire Farhang Foundation family, we extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends around the world.