A unique meeting to acknowledge the accomplishments of world-renowned astrophysicist Dr. Yervant Terzian was recently held at Armenia’s Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory.

Held in honor of Dr. Terzian’s 80th birthday, the event began with an introduction by Dr. Areg Mikaelian, head of Byurakan Observatory, who summarized the achievements of this great Armenian-American scientist, who is a member of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences and co-chair of the Armenian Astronomical Society. Dr. Terzian is founder of FAR’s Armenian National Science and Education Fund (ANSEF), and now serves as chairman of its research board.

FAR Science and Education Programs Manager Eduard Karapetyan spoke about ANSEF. “Professor Terzian’s contribution to the founding of ANSEF is invaluable in terms of organizing our work on this project.”

Since 2000, ANSEF has distributed 460 grants to 1,700 Armenian scientists, making it possible for them to pursue research in their home country.
Dr. Terzian has also been a great supporter of the observatory. He has championed researchers to be included in various scientific projects, and he has used his scientific experience to support them.

FAR ANSEF fellow and the observatory’s External Relations Manager Sona Farmanyan talked about interesting experiences from Terzian’s visits to Armenia. “In 2014, Mr. Terzian and I saw a schoolboy selling candles in Sevanavank. After that, he asked me to find out what he could do to help children, and we eventually initiated the Astronomy Summer Camps,” Sona said.

For the past four years, the Astronomy Summer Camp has hosted Armenian schoolchildren at Byurakan. Dr. Terzian, FAR and the observatory sponsor the camp.