Richard N. Frye

Historian, Academic

1920 – 2014

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Who was Richard N. Frye?

Richard Nelson Frye was an American scholar of Iranian and Central Asian Studies, and Aga Khan Professor Emeritus of Iranian Studies at Harvard University. His professional areas of interest were Iranian philology and the history of Iran and Central Asia before 1000 CE.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, to a family of immigrants from Sweden, "Freij" had four children, his second marriage being to an Iranian-Assyrian scholar, Dr Eden Naby, from Urmia, Iran who teaches at Columbia University. He spoke fluent Russian, German, Arabic, Persian, Pashto, French, Uzbek, and Turkish, and had extensive knowledge of Avestan, Pahlavi, Sogdian, and other Iranian languages and dialects, both extinct and current.

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Born
Jan 10, 1920
Birmingham
Also known as
  • Richard Frye
  • Richard N. Frye
  • Richard Nelson Frye
Spouses
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • PhD, Harvard University
    History
    ( - 1946)
  • Philology
  • University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Lived in
  • Boston
    ( - 2014/03/27)
Died
Mar 27, 2014
Boston

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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