Leading Iranian linguist and translator
Ali Mohammad Haqshenas has passed away in Tehran after months of illness at the age of 70, Press TV reported.
Professor Haqshenas, born in the southern Iranian city of Jahrom in the spring of 1940, passed away at Tehran's Payambaran hospital on Friday.
The late lexicographer and literary critic died of a heart attack after suffering from chronic thyroid problems, reports indicated.
Haqshenas - also known as the father of Iran's Linguistics in academic circles - finished his studies in Persian Language and Literature before getting his PhD in General Linguistics and Phonetics from the University of London in the early 1970s.
He came to prominence for his contributions to linguistics in Iran and his efforts to promote new schools of thought in the field through a myriad of printed works and translations.
Haqshenas also taught at prominent Iranian universities including, Tarbiat Modarres, Shahid Beheshti and Tehran University and chaired the country's Association of Literature and Literary Criticism.
One of his most acclaimed works is the award-winning Farhang Moaser English-Persian Millennium Dictionary which he co-authored with other colleagues.