Avicenna was an Iranian polymath who is regarded as one of the most significant physicians, astronomers, thinkers, and writers, and the father of early modern medicine.
He has written 450 books in various fields, many of them on medicine and philosophy. His most famous works are The Book of Healing, a philosophical and scientific encyclopedia, and The Canon of Medicine, a medical encyclopedia that became a standard medical text at many medieval universities and remained in use as late as 1650.
Besides philosophy and medicine, Avicenna"s corpus includes writings on astronomy, alchemy, geography, and geology, psychology, logic, mathematics, physics, and works of poetry.
Avicenna has been recognized by both East and West, as one of the great figures in intellectual history. He is remembered in the Western history of medicine as a major historical figure who made important contributions to medicine and the European Renaissance; From the twelfth to the sixteenth century, the scientific and practical foundations of medicine were the teachings of Avicenna. His influence following translation of the Canon was such that from the early fourteenth to the mid-sixteenth centuries he was ranked with Hippocrates.
In his honor, there is a crater on the Moon named Avicenna. Hospitals have been named in his honor in Tehran, Shiraz, Mashhad, Isfahan, Istanbul, Harare, Bobigny in France, and New York. The Avicenna Research Institute in Tehran is named after him, and The Avicenna Prize is awarded every two years by UNESCO and rewards individuals and groups for their achievements in the field of ethics in science.
The Office of International and Scientific Cooperation of University of Mazandaran congratulates all the scientists and Avicenna"s followers around the world on the birthday of this Iranian polymath and international figure.
Picture of the post: The statue of Avicenna in United Nations Office in Vienna as a part of the Persian Scholars Pavilion donated by Iran