Stronach is an expert on the city of Pasargadae. He was educated at Gordonstoun and Cambridge University, from which he obtained a Master of Arts in 1958. In the 1960s and 1970s he was director of the British Institute of Persian Studies in Tehran. In the 1990s, he excavated several parts of Nineveh. His scholarship has earned him several honors and awards, including the invitation to deliver endowed lectures at Harvard and Columbia. He is also the recipient of the 2004 Archaeological Institute of America Gold Medal for "Distinguished Archaeological Achievement".
During his time in Iran, he met Ruth Vaadia, an Israeli archeologist who was also working in Iran, and married her shortly afterwards. They have two daughters, Keren and Tami Stronach (who was born in Tehran). The family fled to Israel at the time of the 1979 Iranian Revolution and moved to the United States shortly afterwards. Tami played the role of "The Childlike Empress" in the 1984 film The NeverEnding Story.
- News in the College of Letters and Science, UC Berkeley [interview]
- David Stronach: The Spearhead for the Institute [interview]
- UC Berkeley's page on Professor Stronach
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