|Shahriar S. Afshar|
|Born||Shahriar Sadigh Afshar
|Fields||Physicist, Inventor and Entrepreneur|
|Institutions||Harvard University, Rowan University, IRIMS, Perimeter Institute, NASA|
|Known for||Afshar experiment, KOR-fx, SoundKix, acousto-haptics|
|Notable awards||Digital Trends Best of CES Award 2014,|
Shahriar Sadigh Afshar (Persian: شهريار صديق افشار ) (born 1971) is an Iranian-American physicist and multiple award-winning inventor. He is known for devising and carrying out the Afshar experiment at Harvard University in 2004. Since July 2004, Afshar has been a Visiting Research Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rowan University. His highest academic degree is B.S. He has numerous patents to his name in high-tech  and is currently ranked as the 8th smartest person alive.
Afshar's experiment is an optical experiment, which is claimed to demonstrate a contradiction of the principle of complementarity in quantum mechanics. As a result of the controversy surrounding claims made about the experiment, Afshar complained that he has been attacked over his religion and ethnicity. These personal attacks drew a rebuke in an editorial in the New Scientist, which called them "extreme" and an "entirely wrong kind of conflict".
More recently Afshar is President, CEO and CTO of Immerz Inc, a startup in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 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.
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 and in an award article in Popular Science offering instead his own theory on the origin of inertia. With the announcement on July 4, 2012 by scientists at CERN that they had detected the Higgs boson Afshar appeared to have lost the bet.
References and notes
- 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
- List of Khwarizmi International Award Winners (in Persian) stating that Shahriar Sadiq Afshar is awarded for "Construction of 65-mm telescope"
- "Immerz Wins CES Innovations 2013 Design And Engineering Award For SoundKix". Reuters. January 7, 2013.
- A great leap forward Independent, October 6, 2004
- Afshar SS (2004). "Waving Copenhagen Good-bye: Were the founders of Quantum Mechanics wrong?". Harvard seminar announcement.
- Is It a Particle, a Wave Or Both? Science Team Revisits Nature of Light. Newswise, March 12, 2007.
- Rowan University Board of Trustees Meeting, April 27, 2005.
- , March 19, 2014
- , March 19, 2014
- 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.
- Marcus Chown (2007). "Quantum rebel wins over doubters". New Scientist (2591): 13.
- Marcus Chown (2007). "Editorial: Keep science fair, and keep it clean". New Scientist (2591): 2.
- CNN interview
- Bloomberg interview
- award article
- Shahriar S. Afshar (1999). "Non-machian, Lorentz-invariant inertia: The first step towards the theory of GravitoElectroMagnetism" (PDF). AIP Conference Proceedings 458: 1033–1039.
- Ian Sample (July 4, 2012). "Higgs boson: it's unofficial! Cern scientists discover missing particle". The Guardian.