TEHRAN – A biologist from Iran was honored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for his life-long achievements in the field of biology on Monday.
Stem cell and developmental biologist Hossein Baharvand was decorated with the UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea 2014 International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences.
The award goes to “scientific research projects and activities of an individual, institution, other entity or non-governmental organization working in the life sciences, which have led to an improvement in the quality of human life,” according to a call which was issued by the Secretariat of the prize, asking member states to introduce their nominees for the event.
Baharvand is a faculty member and the director of Royan Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Technology.
He and two other researchers from UNESCO member countries were jointly given the title of winner for this year.
Baharvand is the first Iranian ever to win the prestigious award.
The award includes a medal, a letter of appreciation, and a cash prize of $300,000.
UNESCO nominates scientists for the prize each year through its national commissions in various countries.
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