Sven Hedin commemorated
Scientific efforts; a way to cultural discourses
23 May 2012 16:52
During the commemoration of Sven Hedin entitled ‘From Frost to Desert Heat’, representative of Sweden Embassy in Iran said that Hedin was a noted Swedish explorer. The scientific efforts of such authors can lead to cultural discourses and scientific developments.
IBNA: The commemoration of Sven Hedin was held today, May 23, during a session entitled "From Frost to Desert Heat". The session's speakers said that the works left back by Hedin are great achievements for introducing different countries' geography and history including Iran.
During the session, the representative of Sweden Embassy in Iran delivered a speech introducing Hedin and his services. He said:" He even traveled to Iran to get familiar with the country accordingly unique information about Iran as well as other countries' culture and biodiversity were handed over to western countries."
Eric Salmgren von Schantz said that such sessions are great opportunities for honoring scientific characters as well as cultural discourses. During these meetings the researchers of both countries can negotiate while superpowers dispute about different issues.
Talking about how Hedin registered his findings during the 19th and the early 20th century he added:" Cameras didn’t exist in those times and Hedin used to register his works through paintings and then photographs."
The Swedish people got to know different point's history and geography through Hedin's researches and travels, he noted.
Sven Hedin (1865-1952) spent almost 20 years on the Asian soil, carrying out or leading expeditions into different regions of the continent. He wrote some 65 books and voluminous scientific reports as well as thousands of scholarly and political papers.
Although Hedin never held any official or academic position, he was considered as an expert on Iran by the mid-1880s.
He climbed and closely studied Mount Damavand, and mapped the great basins of Iran’s eastern areas with all their salt lakes and deserts.
Hedin’s scientific and financial estate was bequeathed to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in the name of the Sven Hedin Foundation.
The estate is administered by the National Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm, which, together with the city’s Museum of Natural History houses most of his ethnographic, archeological, and natural science collections.
In other news, Mohammad Ehyaee, member of the Center of Iran's culture and nature lovers, said:" Iran's regional art, culture and knowledge are linked with humans, nature and peace; the connections can be observed through scientific researches and history."
He then talked about the International Day for Biological Diversity and the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development saying such programs are held in different countries for commemorating peace and friendship accordingly Hedin visited Iran's deserts and visited other countries writing several works.
In other news, Mohammad Reza Saeidabadi, Secretary General of Iranian National Commission for UNESCO firstly expressed his gratitude for the session's foreign guests.
He said that due to Hedin's efforts UNESCO pays heed to cultural diversity and biodiversity.
Sharing knowledge leads to progress, he noted.