NASA Award-Winning Scientist Humanizes Lives of Women in Iran

San Francisco, CA. Azadeh Tabazadeh has already accomplished her dream of becoming a world-renowned scientist, as proven by her awards from NASA, the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society, and the White House. She is now setting her sights on a new goal: making an impact across college campuses.


Tabazadeh’s memoir, “The Sky Detective” recounts her journey of growing up in Iran and fleeing to America. She hopes that her first hand account of life in the Middle East will become required reading for Middle Eastern studies in colleges. Her memoir is a unique angle about political crises in foreign countries and seeks to give inspiration to young women looking to enter male dominated fields of study.


Azadeh Tabazadeh spoke to The Stewardship Report about global leadership:

To build a more sustainable, compassionate and inclusive world, it is your duty to become a global leader who makes it happen. Most global leaders are not born but made through a combination of life accidents and purposeful self-development. Make you own life story, as I did, a journey of learning to become a global citizen by purposely seeking mentorship from those who recognize and are willing to nurture your innate talents.

Tabazadeh’s illustrious career began at University of California Los Angeles, where she received her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in chemistry. She has experience in both the corporate and academic world, working as a senior researcher at NASA and a geophysics professor at Stanford University. Her research has been published in Time, the San Francisco Chronicle and Washington Post.

Her book offers an eyewitness account of the Islamic Revolution as well as the Iraqi War told from the perspective of Tabazadeh as a young girl. Political turmoil forced her to leave her family and friends, which still greatly affects her life. She hopes to use her book as a platform to humanize people from the Middle East to Americans and westerners in general – as she strongly believes stories are what connect people, not the policies of their respective governments.

“I wrote this book to pay tribute to the people I left behind,” Tabazadeh said.

Tabazadeh’s book is an informative account about living in an unstable political climate and overcoming adversity. Readers will be moved by her personal journey of perseverance and gain a clearer understanding of the upheaval in the Middle East.

The Sky Detective
By Azadeh Tabazadeh
ISBN: 978-1-4917-6062-8

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About the Author
Azadeh Tabazadeh is an author and environmental consultant. She earned a doctorate in chemistry from UCLA. Throughout the course of her career, she has published more than sixty academic articles and her work has been featured in numerous national publications. In addition, she has received recognition from NASA, the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society, and the White House for her contributions to science. Tabazadeh resides in Mountain View, California.

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The Editors
The Stewardship Report on Connecting Goodness is the communications platform of The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation ( There are now more than 100 contributors around the world to this publication.

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