A brief history of our department from the beginning until now:

The Department of Physics (the first official physics education program in Iran) was founded in 1935 by the late Prof. Mahmoud Hessaby (1903 - 1992) at the main campus of the university as a unit of the Faculty of Science. Professor Hessaby, one of the pioneers of the modern era of education and science in Iran, received his bachelor degrees in art, science, and civil engineering from the American University of Beirut and Engineering School of Beirut. He obtained his PhD in physics from Université de Paris (Sorbonne) in 1928. Prof Hessaby, is remembered as a distinguished and influential icon in Iran's modern history of scientific development. In addition to his main work as a physicist and teacher, he worked in other areas as diverse as land surveying, building weather-stations, and writing standards and scientific books. He also served as the minister of education and helped to establish the Persian Language Academy. Being a recognized scientist, in December 1956, he was awarded the Commandeur de la Légion d'honneur in Paris. Also, to honor his many contributions to Iran's scientific, in general, and physics communities, in particular, year 1988 in Iran was declared in his name by the Physical Society of Iran.

Later, some of Hessaby's first students, including Prof. Kamaledin Jenab, Prof. Ali Asghar Khamsavi, and Prof. Ziaeddin Esmaeel Beigi joined him to  expand the department and train the first generation of Iran's physicists, engineers, and teachers who, themselves, became professionals in their fields, and served in many other universities, schools and research or industrial centers around the country.

The Department of Physics moved to its current location in 1972, and later in 2006, it was divided into several independent research groups. Please, refer to the individual pages for each group for more details.

Our department offers well-established programs at bachelor's, master's, and PhD levels in theoretical, computational, and experimental physics in a variety of interesting fields. There are several educational and research laboratories, as well as, other scientific facilities (physics library, computer sites, etc.) in the department to help the students and researchers better learn and teach physics, or conduct their research projects. More information on educational and research activities can be found in the specific sections on the department main page.

In the Department of Physics faculty members, staff, and students all work together to create and maintain a scientific and creative environment for learning and developing new ideas.