Roy Parviz Mottahedeh was born in New York City on July 3, 1940 and received his primary and secondary education in Quaker schools in New York and Pennsylvania. In 1960 he graduated magna cum laude in history from Harvard College and was awarded a Shaw Traveling Fellowship which he used to explore Europe, the Middle East and Afghanistan. He then undertook a second B.A. in Persian and Arabic at Cambridge University in England where he received the E.G. Browne Prize. In 1962 he returned to Harvard for doctoral studies in history, where he studied with Hamilton Gibb and Richard Frye. He was elected a Junior Fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows and received his PhD in 1970 for a dissertation on Buyid administration which he still hopes to publish. Click here for more.