Shahriar Afshar

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Shahriar S. Afshar
Born Shahriar Sadigh Afshar
1971
Takab, Iran
Residence USA
Citizenship American
Fields Physicist, Inventor[1] and Entrepreneur[2]
Institutions Harvard University, Rowan University, IRIMS, Perimeter Institute, NASA
Known for Afshar experiment, KOR-fx, SoundKix, acousto-haptics
Notable awards

Khwarizmi International Award 1989,[3] Popular Science Invention of the Year 2010,
CES Innovations Award 2013 ,[4]

Digital Trends Best of CES Award 2014,[5][6]

Shahriar Sadigh Afshar (Persian: شهريار صديق افشار ‎) (born 1971[7]) is an Iranian-American physicist and multiple award-winning inventor.[8] He is known for devising and carrying out the Afshar experiment at Harvard University in 2004.[9] Since July 2004, Afshar has been a Visiting Research Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rowan University.[10] His highest academic degree is B.S.[11] He has numerous patents to his name in high-tech [12] and is currently ranked as the 8th smartest person alive.[13]

Afshar's experiment is an optical experiment, which is claimed to demonstrate a contradiction of the principle of complementarity in quantum mechanics.[14] As a result of the controversy surrounding claims made about the experiment, Afshar complained that he has been attacked over his religion and ethnicity.[15] These personal attacks drew a rebuke in an editorial in the New Scientist, which called them "extreme" and an "entirely wrong kind of conflict".[16]

More recently Afshar is President, CEO and CTO of Immerz Inc, a startup in Cambridge, Massachusetts,[2] that makes the immersive media KOR-fx product. In his interviews with CNN and Bloomberg TV, it has been called "4D technology", as a follow on to the recent success of 3D entertainment.[17][18]

On November 18, 2009, on the eve of Large Hadron Collider's launch, Afshar announced a wager against LHC being able to find the Higgs boson in a commentary in the New Scientist[19] and in an award article in Popular Science[20] offering instead his own theory on the origin of inertia.[21] With the announcement on July 4, 2012 by scientists at CERN that they had detected the Higgs boson[22] Afshar appeared to have lost the bet.

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Patentscope
  2. ^ a b From A Physics Rebel Shakes Up the Video Game World, Literally, Oct 27, 2009; Immerz puts game vibration on chest device Oct 19, 2009; Professional Profile at LinkedIn
  3. ^ List of Khwarizmi International Award Winners (in Persian) stating that Shahriar Sadiq Afshar is awarded for "Construction of 65-mm telescope"
  4. ^ "Immerz Wins CES Innovations 2013 Design And Engineering Award For SoundKix". Reuters. January 7, 2013. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ A great leap forward Independent, October 6, 2004
  8. ^ [3]
  9. ^ Afshar SS (2004). "Waving Copenhagen Good-bye: Were the founders of Quantum Mechanics wrong?". Harvard seminar announcement. 
  10. ^ Is It a Particle, a Wave Or Both? Science Team Revisits Nature of Light. Newswise, March 12, 2007.
  11. ^ Rowan University Board of Trustees Meeting, April 27, 2005.
  12. ^ [4], March 19, 2014
  13. ^ [5], March 19, 2014
  14. ^ Afshar SS, Flores E, McDonald KF, Knoesel E. (2007). "Paradox in wave-particle duality". Foundations of Physics 37 (2): 295–305. arXiv:quant-ph/0702188. Bibcode:2007FoPh...37..295A. doi:10.1007/s10701-006-9102-8. 
  15. ^ Marcus Chown (2007). "Quantum rebel wins over doubters". New Scientist (2591): 13. 
  16. ^ Marcus Chown (2007). "Editorial: Keep science fair, and keep it clean". New Scientist (2591): 2. 
  17. ^ CNN interview
  18. ^ Bloomberg interview
  19. ^ [6]
  20. ^ award article
  21. ^ Shahriar S. Afshar (1999). "Non-machian, Lorentz-invariant inertia: The first step towards the theory of GravitoElectroMagnetism" (PDF). AIP Conference Proceedings 458: 1033–1039. 
  22. ^ Ian Sample (July 4, 2012). "Higgs boson: it's unofficial! Cern scientists discover missing particle". The Guardian. 

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