The Soudavar Memorial Foundation owes its existence to the late Fereidoun Soudavar, and his wife, Massoumeh Amir-Alai. Established in London since before the 1979 Revolution in Iran, they were among the first Iranian expatriates to commit themselves to the preservation of the long established tradition of Persian studies in the West. The results were the Chair of Persian studies at the University of Oxford and the lectureship post in Persian Studies at the University of Cambridge (posthumously created), both dedicated to the memory of their sons.
After the demise of Fereidoun Soudavar, his appointees established the Soudavar Memorial Foundation in 2001, to pursue the same path of devotion to Persian culture that he had so well served. Without resorting to external contributions, the Foundation has already accumulated an impressive rostrum of accomplishments.
The aim of the Soudavar Memorial Foundation is to contibute to the preservation and promotion of the rich heritage of Iranian history and Persian culture in the Greater Iranian world in its diverse aspects, with special emphasis on areas of neglect, as well as on interaction with other cultures.