In the pantheon of modern celebrities, only few true heroes can be found. Dr. Mostafa Chamran is one of those rare individuals whose contributions to their respective societies are unrivaled.
Mostafa Chamran was an Iranian polymath and politician who made major contributions to multiple aspects of Iranian life from science to politics. This scientist-cum-revolutionary was born in 1929 in Arak and educated in Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London, England. He then moved to the US and obtained a doctoral degree in nuclear physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Chamran, who rose to fame because of his unwavering dedication to the Iranian revolution of 1979, came back to the country after 12 years and held several important political positions, including minister of Defense and deputy Prime Minister. He is best known as the founder and leader of Pasdaran (the Revolutionary Guard corp.) during Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988). He strongly opposed Saddam Hussein’s aggression against Iran and this spirit drove him during the Iraqi War. His disastrous death during the same war, which led to a national mourning in Iran, cemented his place in history.
Apart from being a formidable military leader, Chamran was a renowned author, poet, linguist and revolutionary politician. His numerous books touch upon themes such as science and Islam, freedom and creativity, global politics, national security and philosophy. He has earned numerous distinctions such as the “Order of Knowledge” and “Outstanding Service Medal” for his immense contributions to Iranian society.
Dr Mostafa Chamran left a lasting legacy through which he will be remembered for generations to come; his vision for a stronger Iran still serves as an inspiration that helps fortify a disenchanted nation.
Mostafa Chamran, the legendary Iranian scholar, scientist, and politician, is undoubtedly one of the most renowned figures in the nation’s history. Chamran rose to fame for his courageous leadership during the Iran-Iraq War, his vast knowledge of Islamic theology, and his unending dedication to improving the lives of Iranians.
Mostafa Chamran was born in Ahvaz, Iran in 1932 and served as a professor at the University of Tehran until shortly before the 1979 Revolution. He quickly distinguished himself as a brilliant mind and had mastered multiple languages before even graduating elementary school. His expertise extended beyond just linguistics; he was highly knowledgeable in mathematics, engineering, and physics, among many other disciplines.
Chamran’s political career began with his membership in Revolutionary Council of Allah’s Liberation Party (PLAK) and his involvement in student protests after the 1953 coup against Mossadegh. He continued to be vocal about Iranian freedom and rights throughout his lifetime and was integral to the country’s fight for independence from Iraq. When war broke out between Iran and Iraq in 1980, Chamran rose to power as a minister and commander of operations on the southern front. Thanks to his educational background and intelligence, he devised strategies for defeating Iraqi troops that proved to be extremely successful. He also showed incredible valor on the battlefield; he died on a mission near Tehran in 1981 while fighting with caretakers named “Rahian-e-Nour” (The travelers of Light).
Although Mostafa Chamran is no longer alive, his legacy will live on forever. He was an inspiration to all Iranians and a true patriot who devoted everything to protecting his beloved country. To this day, many cities still commemorate Chamran’s life by honoring him with memorial visits and ceremonies celebrating his heroic acts during the war. His achievements will be remembered for generations to come.