Hossein Yassaie

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Sir Hossein Yassaie
M. Hossein Yassaie
Alma materUniversity of Birmingham (BSc, PhD)
AwardsKnight Bachelor (2013)
FREng (2016)
Scientific career
ThesisApplication of charge-coupled devices to within-pulse sector scanning sonars (1983)

Sir Hossein Yassaie FREng is the former chief executive officer of Imagination Technologies where he worked from 1992 to 2016.[1]

Education and early life[edit]

Yassaie came to Britain in 1976 from Iran and became a United Kingdom national in 1984. He studied Electronics and Communications at the University of Birmingham gaining a first class honours Bachelor of Science degree in 1979. He stayed at Birmingham to complete a Doctor of Philosophy degree on the application of Charge-coupled devices (CCDs) to Sonar.[2]


Following his PhD, Hossein was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Birmingham[3][4] for several years.[5][6][7][8][9]

Yassaie then spent eight years working at STMicroelectronics and Inmos.[1] He joined Imagination Technologies in 1992, becoming its CEO in June 1998[5][6][7][8][9] focusing the business on advanced technology development using the semiconductor intellectual property business model and created the brand Pure.

Yassaie resigned his position as CEO of Imagination Technologies on 8 February 2016, amid calls for his resignation from shareholders after slumps in profits and spiralling costs.[10]

Awards and honours[edit]

Hossein received a knighthood in the 2013 New Year Honours in recognition of his services to technology and innovation.[11]

He was awarded the honorary degree of DUniv by the University of Birmingham in 2013.[5]

In September 2016 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.[12]


  1. ^ a b "Imagination Technologies PLC Board of Directors". 2014. Archived from the original on 4 December 2014.
  2. ^ Yassaie, M. Hossein (1983). Application of charge-coupled devices to within-pulse sector scanning sonars (PhD thesis). University of Birmingham.
  3. ^ Hossein Yassaie's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  4. ^ Yassaie, M. H.; Ong, L. H.; Denbigh, P. N. (1983). "Application of time-delay-and-integrate c.c.d.s in sector scanning sonars". Radio and Electronic Engineer. 53 (7–8): 295. doi:10.1049/ree.1983.0053.
  5. ^ a b c "Honorary Graduates". University of Birmingham. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  6. ^ a b Spanier, Gideon (21 September 2012). "Hossein Yassaie: Meet the man with the big Imagination". Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Outstanding Alumni". University of Birmingham. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  8. ^ a b Neate, Rupert (11 November 2009). "Imagination boss Hossein Yassaie wages war on Britain's lack of ambition". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  9. ^ "Pure radio up for sale as Imagination Technologies' boss departs". BBC News. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  10. ^ "The New Year Honours Lists 2013". UK Government. 29 December 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  11. ^ "Academy elects top engineers as Fellows at its 40th anniversary AGM". Retrieved 13 November 2016.