Kirkus names “The Sky Detective” as one of the best books of 2015 Read the Kirkus Review at: Enter the Goodreads Giveaway Contest to win a free softcover copy of The Sky Detective: A memoir of how I fled Iran and became a NASA Scientist. Naturally, I am super-excited and wanted to share the news with colleagues, followers and friends. I hope my personal story touches the hearts and minds of those who may wonder about who we (Iranian-Americans) are and what values we stand for. Azadeh Tabazadeh … [Read more...]

Discriminatory Visa Wavier Bill Targets Iranian-Americans

Written by Azadeh Tabazadeh The proposed Visa Wavier Bill (H. R. 158) will discriminate against Iranian-Americans and other “marked” dual-nationals The photo shown depicts a protest in 1979 where a group of Americans were demanding that all Iranians should be deported because of the extreme acts of the newly established government of Iran—more specifically the “Islamic Republic of Iran.” The events that triggered hatred toward Iranians were the seizing of the American embassy in Tehran and taking 52 U.S. diplomats and citizens hostage for 444 days. Is it fair or reasonable to punish the citizens of an entire nation for the extreme actions of their irrational governments or extremist groups who … [Read more...]

Booklist assigns a starred rating to “The sky Detective.”

The 1979 Iranian Revolution An award-winning atmospheric scientist recounts her coming-of-age against the backdrop of the Iranian revolution in this engaging, deeply perceptive memoir. Growing up in 1970s Tehran, Tabazadeh was only eight when two unrelated life events made a lasting impact on her: first, Uncle Mahmood gave her a chemistry kit, sparking her lifelong love of science. Shortly thereafter, 11-year-old Najmieh, a village girl from northern Iran, moved in as household help. Their friendship deeply shaped Tabazadeh’s awareness of class and gender differences, eventually ending when Najmieh was shipped back to her village to be married, and Tabazadeh found herself swept up in the tidal forces of the Iranian revolution. The author recounts her … [Read more...]

An ongoing Saga: Refugees from the Middle East

Written by Azadeh Tabazadeh An Ongoing Saga: Refugees from the Middle East Nov 28, 2015 If you really want to know how innocent families fall victim to retaliating wars and bombings in the Middle East read my story. My family and I had the means to flee Iran 33 years ago in the midst of a raging war and political chaos, but the majority of Iranians, Afghanis, Iraqis and now Syrians don't have the resources to get out. In the aftermath of the Islamic Revolution in Iran only Spain would allow Iranians to enter without a visa. My family and I fled Iran in 1982 and sought refugee in Spain before winning visas to come to the United States. Frankly, I don't know what would have happened to my family and me and thousands … [Read more...]

The Sky Detective – Manhattan Book Review (5 stars)

             Macelwane Medal   In 2001, Azadeh Tabazadeh receives the prestigious Macelwane Medal for her research on polar stratospheric clouds and the causes behind the degradation of the ozone layer. With every great achievement, there is a profound story. In the case of Azadeh, her account goes back to 1973 in Tehran to two life-changing experiences: receiving a chemistry kit from her uncle and developing a close relationship with Najmieh, the family’s housekeeper. Azadeh’s world suddenly turns upside down as her country succumbs to political struggles and calamity strikes her family. When she decides to escape in the hope of making it to America, Azadeh has no idea if she’ll see her family ever again. Azadeh Tabazadeh shares a powerful story of … [Read more...]

The Sky Detective: An Excerpt

WORKING MOMS AGAINST GUILT Blog: By Susan Winner Jackson This post is excerpted with permission from a recently published memoir, The Sky Detective, in which working mom Azadeh Tabazadeh recounts her journey of growing up in Iran and fleeing to America. Her first-hand account of life in the Middle East provides a unique insight into political crises in foreign countries and seeks to give inspiration to young women looking to enter male dominated fields of study.  Read an excerpt from The Sky Detective, a memoir in which a NASA award-winning scientist recounts her journey of growing up in Iran and fleeing to America. By Azadeh Tabazadeh Excerpt: Fall turns into winter, snow covers every inch of … [Read more...]

The Sky Detective: An Interview WITH SF BOOK REVIEW INTERVIEW WITH AZADEH TABAZADEH, AUTHOR OF THE SKY DETECTIVE San Francisco Book Review's John Murray interviews San Francisco-based author Azadeh Tabazadeh about her memoir, The Sky Detective, who shares her story of life before and during the 70s Iranian revolution, her escape from the country, and her reception of a prestigious award. What prompted you to sit down and write your memoir? In 2005, Time published an article about my scientific research as a part of an Innovator Series. The reporter, Madeleine Nash, also took interest in my personal life and asked questions about it during the interview. She ended up including a few quotes about my personal life in the article, which resulted in my receiving “fan” … [Read more...]

The Sky Detective- San Francisco Book Review (4.5 stars)

    "Uncle Mahmood" 4.5 Star Review A well-respected scientist shares her story of life before and during the 70s Iranian revolution, her escape from the country, and her reception of a prestigious award. In The Sky Detective, Azadeh Tabazadeh receives a chemistry kit from her favorite uncle, sparking a love of science that will eventually lead to her flight from her home country. Tabazadeh grew up in a time of prosperity with wealthy parents and a loving home. As most girls, she loves her family, spending time with friends, and has an infectious love of learning. Unfortunately, the shah is overthrown, and the new regime is violent and bloody. She loses the friendship of her friend, which masterfully highlights the difference in classes. Her schooling, despite … [Read more...]

The Sky Detective – Metro Silicon Valley Article SKY SCANNER: Azadeh Tabazadeh escaped Iran to become one of the most successful scientists in her field. Photograph by Greg Ramar Climatologist Azadeh Tabazadeh Pens Memoir of Iran Escape October 28, 2015 by Jennifer Wadsworth, special to Metro Silicon Valley The doorbell seemed to buzz louder than usual, signaling the start of a long escape. Azadeh Tabazadeh paused for one last look at her room. To one side, the desk where she conducted her first chemistry experiment with a kit her uncle had given her as a gift nearly a decade before. Beside it, the bed where she nearly took her own life knowing she could never become the "Iranian Madame Curie." In 1979, Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran from exile, overthrew the Shah and ushered in … [Read more...]

The Sky Detective – A Book Club Pick in the Bay Area

A couples'  book Club gathering in Los Altos on october 9 to discuss my memoir: The Sky Detective. I am at the center holding my book. All book club members loved my memoir including the men, so it's neither a chick flick nor an overly dramatized story.  It's the truth about ordinary lives during the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran and the war with Iraq, and how my family and I coped with the political chaos at the time and managed to escape Iran and reestablish ourselves in the United States. The memoir also recalls the details of all the events that triggered my interest in science during my childhood and adolescent years. The individual opinions of the book club members (shown above) regarding my memoir are posted on Amazon. I will be honored to attend your book club to hear your thoughts, share mine and (hopefully) answer "all" … [Read more...]