The Iranian mathematician Siamak Yassemi has received France’s Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Order of Academic Palms).
Siamak Yasemi is a faculty member of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Sciences at the University of Tehran.
He is the first Iranian mathematician who has been elected as a permanent member of the World Academy of Sciences.
The Ordre des Palmes académiques is a national order bestowed by the French Republic to distinguished academics and figures in the world of culture and education.
Originally established in 1808 by Emperor Napoleon as a decoration to honour eminent members of the University of Paris, it was changed into its current form as an order of merit on 4 October 1955 by President René Coty.
In 1866, the scope of the award was widened to include major contributions to French national education and culture made by anyone, including foreigners. It was also made available to any French expatriates making major contributions to the expansion of French culture throughout the rest of the world.