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Roozbeh Pournader

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Roozbeh Pournader
OccupationSoftware engineer

Roozbeh Pournader[1] (Persian: روزبه پورنادر, Persian pronunciation: [ruːz'be(h) pʰuːɾnɑː'deɾ]) is a free software activist and expert on Unicode text encoding, text rendering, and fonts, especially for bidirectional text. He is originally from Iran, and is now living in the United States.[2][3][4][5] After the establishment of the Persian Wikipedia, he became the first administrator of the project.[6] He was a major assistant, participant and co-founder of the Persian Wikipedia.[7]

He was a technical manager at Sharif Linux Project at Sharif University of Technology, and formerly served as a technical manager at FarsiTeX.[8][9][failed verification]


Pournader was born in Tehran, Iran, where he obtained his high school diploma in 1996 from Allameh Helli High Schools. He graduated from Sharif University of Technology in the field of computer engineering.[10]


Pournader moved to California, where he worked at HighTech Passport, Ltd. In 2011 he was hired by Google, where he worked as an Internationalization Engineer, focusing on text encoding and rendering, fonts, and bidirectional text.[11] He joined the Android Text team in late 2014. As of 2019, he works as a software engineer for WhatsApp, a Facebook company.[12]


In 2003, Pournader was appointed to provide a report for the United Nations Development Programme about computer development and computer localization in Afghanistan.[13]

Pournader is a contributing editor of the Unicode Standard, responsible for maintaining Unicode Technical Report #53 (Unicode Arabic Mark Rendering), as well as being one the editors of the core specification.[14] Since January 2020 he has been a Technical Director of the Unicode Consortium.[15]


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  1. ^ Aftab web magazine (in Persian)
  2. ^ Word War III (English).
  3. ^ Aftab web magazine (in Persian)
  4. ^ Internet magazine Cappuccino (in Persian) Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ log of first edition of Persian Wikipedia
  6. ^ روزشمار ویکی‌پدیای فارسی Timeline of Persian Wikipedia (in Persian)
  7. ^ leading persons of FarsiTex (in Persian)
  8. ^ introducing page of UniCode spokespersons at Santa Clara
  9. ^ Official newspaper of Iran. No. 17080. Saturday, 26 Mehr 1382-2003
  10. ^ «Introduction to Wikipedia». [dead link]
  11. ^ archive.org, Unicode Conference via archive.org
  12. ^ "@roozbehp" on Twitter
  13. ^ Computer Locale Requirements for Afghanistan
  14. ^ "Unicode Editorial Committee". Unicode Consortium. Retrieved November 27, 2019.
  15. ^ "New Unicode Technical Director". Unicode Consortium. January 9, 2020. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  16. ^ Results for 1995 International Olympiad in Informatics
  17. ^ UniCode Consortium main website-bulldog award
  18. ^ Glorification ceremony for crew who contributed to Linux Persianization program (in Persian)
  19. ^ Pan Localization
  20. ^ Results for 1994 International Olympiad in Informatics
  21. ^ 2001 ACM results - official web-page of Sharif University of Technology (in Persian)

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