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Reza Mansouri received his Ph.D. in 1972 from the University of Vienna under Roman Ulrich Sexl. He was also an Assistant Professor there for five years. He is one of the leading figures of scientific policy-making in Iran and was Deputy Science Minister from 2001 to 2005. Iran’s participation in several international scientific collaborations such as SESAME (Middle-east Synchrotron) and Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator at CERN in Geneva would have been impossible without his efforts. Mansouri has a number of publications focusing on scientific development in Iran. He has also been awarded scientific prizes, among them the acclaimed Abdus Salam prize.
He is one of the founders of Institute for Studies in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics and head of its Astronomy School, which is responsible for Iran's 3.4 meter national telescope (INO340).
- Abdus-Salam prize