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Professor Emeritus Richard Nelson Frye

Harvard University

Dr. Frye is the American scholar of Iranian and Central Asian Studies and Aga Khan Professor Emeritus of Iranian Studies at Harvard University. He is considered dean of Iranian Studies and reserves an immense respect among Iranian people.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama to a family of immigrants from Sweden, "Freij" has four children, his second marriage being to an Iranian-Assyrian scholar, Dr. Eden Naby, from Urmia, Iran who teaches at Columbia University. He speaks fluent Russian, German, Arabic, Persian, Pashto, French, Uzbek and Turkish.