Ehsan Naraghi

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Ehsan Naraghi
احسان نراقی
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Born (1926-02-02)February 2, 1926
Kashan, Iran
Died December 2, 2012(2012-12-02) (aged 86)
Tehran, Iran
Nationality Iranian
Education Sociology
Alma mater University of Geneva
Sorbonne University
Occupation Sociologist, Writer
Title Legion of Honour
Religion Shia Islam
Spouse(s) Angel Sheybani (1959–2012)

Ehsān Narāghi, PhD (2 February 1926 – 2 December 2012) was an Iranian sociologist and writer.


During his high school he went to Dar ol-Fonoon in Tehran. Then he studied sociology in the University of Geneva and received his Ph.D at Sorbonne University in Paris.

In Iran, he was a professor of sociology and director of the Social Studies and Research at the University of Tehran (Iran). As a sociologist, he has collaborated for many years in the work of international scientific associations. In 1965, he prepared for the United Nations the first world-wide study on the "Brain Drain". He has written widely on sociological issues in developing countries, and in 1970 he gave courses on youth, education and society in the Third World countries, at the University of Paris VIII: Vincennes - Saint-Denis, Paris.

After his experience of being jailed during the Islamic Revolution of Iran, he wrote his book "From Palace to Prison: Inside the Iranian Revolution". He was the first major sociologist who investigated brain-drain phenomenon due to migration of the third world's best intellectuals to developed countries. He was a member of UNESCO as a director of UNESCO's Youth Division for many years, and, after his retirement, as an advisor to the Director General of UNESCO until 1999. He was the only Iranian who was awarded Légion d'honneur medal twice, once by De Gaulle, and then by Mitterrand. [1] He died on 2 December 2012 after a long illness.[2]


  • Ehsan Naraghi, From Palace to prison: Inside the Iranian Revolution, 352 p. (I B Tauris & Co Ltd, London, 1994). ISBN 1-85043-704-1


  1. ^ "هراسي ندارم" [I do not fear]. Rooz. 28 January 2007. Archived from the original on 15 February 2008. Retrieved 27 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Ehsan Naraghi passes away". Tabnak (in Persian). 2 December 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2012.