2In recent years, the media has damaged Iran’s image so badly that when people hear the name of Iran, they only picture black chadors, terrorism, and ayatollahs.These stereotypes are being constructed to make it easier for governments to attack Iran with public approval.That is why NoWar SA wishes to play a small but essential role in breaking down these negative stereotypes.
4Abbas KiarostamiAn internationally acclaimed film director who has received some 100 awards and has been a member of the jury at numerous festivals, most notably the president of the Cannes Film Festival.
5Abdol-Hossein Sardari Iran’s charge d’affaires in Paris who issued Iranian passports to many non-Iranian Jews, and saved the lives of hundred of Jews from the Nazis.
6Abu-Rayhan Biruni (973 – 1048)Contributed greatly to the fields of mathematics, philosophy, medicine, and Science.
7Ali DaeiThe first male soccer player who scored 100 goals in international play.
8Professional tennis player. Andre AgassiThe former World No. 1Professional tennis player.
9Anoushe AnsariThe world's first female space tourist.
10Avicenna (980 – 1037)Persian physician, philosopher, and scientist. His “The Canon of Medicine” was a standard medical text in many European universities for five centuries.
11Camila Batmanghelidjh The founder of the children's charity Kids Company, which serves in excess of 20,000 children a year.The winner of the UK's Women of the Year 2006 award.
12Christiane AmanpourThe chief international correspondent for CNN.
13Cyrus the Great Cylinder (539BC) The first charter of Human Rights.Abolished forced labour,prohibited oppression and terror,and guaranteed freedom ofsettlement and religion.
14Farabi (870 – 950)Widely regarded to be second only to Aristotle in knowledge; alluded to by his title of "the Second Teacher"
15Farshid MoussaviWorld leader in Architectural Engineering.
16Fariborz SahbaDesigner of the “Lotus Temple” which, in 2002, attracted more than 50 million visitors, making it the most visited building in the world.
17Farzad NazemChief Technical Officer and Executive Vice President of Yahoo! Inc.
18Firouz NaderiThe Associate Director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
31Razi (865 – 925)Celebrated chemist, physicist and philosopher, discoverer of medical applications for alcohol.
32Reza BadiyiDirector of episodes of Mission: Impossible, Hawaii Five-O, Mannix, The Six million Dollar Man, Starsky and Hutch, The Rockford Files, Police Squad! Dr.Quinn, Medicine Woman, Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Nikita and Sliders.
33Rumi (1207 – 1273)Persian poet.His followers, the Whirling Dervishes, believe in performing their worship in the form of dance and music.
34Saadi (1184 – 1283)One of his poems is used to grace the entrance to the Hall of Nations of the UN building in New York:“The children of Humanity are each other’s limbsThat share an origin in their creatorWhen one limb passes its days in painThe other limbs cannot remain easy.You who feel no pain at the suffering of othersIt is not fitting you be called human.”
35Samira Makhmalbaf At age 27 considered to be one of the best directors of contemporary world cinema.
36Shahrdad RohaniBest known for arranging and conducting the ‘Yanni Live at the Acropolis’ concert, the most widely viewed program ever shown on Public Television in the United States, and the second best-selling music video of all time
372003 Nobel Peace Prize Winner. Shirin Ebadi2003 Nobel Peace Prize Winner.
38Shohreh Aghdashloo2003 Academy Award Nomination.
39Shiraz WineAustralia's most popular red wine stems from Shiraz – the city of flowers, wine and poetry in Iran – in the heart of an ancient winemaking region where the process of wine making possibly originated 7000 years ago.