By: Mir M.Hosseini
Asadollah Alam was a prominent figure during the Pahlavi 2 period. His father Ebrahim Alam became governor of Sistan and Baluchestan province after aiding Reza Shah in the coup of 1921. His father's influence gave him a jumpstart in the court of Pahlavi as Mohammad Reza's chamberlain. Then he became governor of Sistan and Baluchestan and minister of agriculture until the coup in 1951 when he played a key role in toppling Mosaddegh's government. After becoming the minister of interior affairs in April 1955, he changed governors in many provinces and presented the draft for foundation of SAVAK to the parliament. Alam founded the Mardom Party on May, 17, 1957. He was given the duty to present a cabinet of ministers in Summer of 1962. His term as prime minister did not last long and he resigned one year later and became the dean of the university of Pahlavi in Shiraz and served for 3 years. On Nov, 10, 1966 he became the minister of the royal court but he resigned after observing signs of cancer. He took several operations but he finally died in a hospital in New York on April, 4, 1978 at the age of 59. His body was brought to Iran and buried in Mashhad.