Shahriar Afshar

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Shahriar S. Afshar
(Persian: شهریار افشار‎)
Shahriar Sadigh Afshar

CitizenshipIran & American
Known forAfshar experiment, KOR-fx, SoundKix, acousto-haptics
AwardsKhwarizmi International Award 1989,[1]

Popular Science Invention of the Year 2010,
CES Innovations Award 2013 ,[2]

Digital Trends Best of CES Award 2014,[3][4]
Scientific career
FieldsPhysicist, Inventor[5] and Entrepreneur[6][7][8]
InstitutionsHarvard University,[citation needed] Rowan University, Institute for Radiation-Induced Mass Studies (IRIMS), Perimeter Institute,[citation needed] NASA[citation needed]

Shahriar Sadigh Afshar (Persian: شهريار صديق افشار‎; born 1971[9]) is an Iranian-American physicist and multiple award-winning inventor.[10] He is known for devising and carrying out the Afshar experiment while at the private, Boston-based Institute for Radiation-Induced Mass Studies (IRIMS).[11] The results were presented at a Harvard seminar in March 2004.[12]


Since July 2004, Afshar has been a Visiting Research Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rowan University.[13] His highest academic degree is a Bachelor of Science[14] He has numerous patents to his name in high-tech.[15] In 2014 Afshar was ranked as the 8th smartest person alive by Super Scholar.[16]

Afshar experiment[edit]

The Afshar experiment is an optical experiment, which he claims demonstrates a contradiction of the principle of complementarity in quantum mechanics.[17] As a result of the controversy surrounding claims made about the experiment, Afshar complained that he has been attacked over his religion and ethnicity.[18] These personal attacks drew a rebuke in an editorial in the New Scientist, which called them "extreme" and an "entirely wrong kind of conflict".[19]

Business career[edit]

More recently Afshar is President, CEO and CTO of Immerz Inc, a startup in Cambridge, Massachusetts,[6] 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.[20][21]

Higgs Boson publicity[edit]

On November 18, 2009, on the eve of Large Hadron Collider's launch, Afshar announced a wager in which he bet against LHC's finding the Higgs boson, also known as "the God particle," in a commentary in the New Scientist[22] and in an award-winning article in Popular Science.[10] He offered his own theory on the origin of inertia instead.[23] With the announcement on July 4, 2012 by scientists at CERN that they had detected the Higgs boson[24] Afshar appeared to have lost the bet. The evidence at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) suggests the existence of the Higgs, but few reputable physicists have called it completely dispositive as of January 2013. Rolf-Dieter Heuer, the director general of CERN, is among those withholding affirmation of this research.[25] Dr. Heuer called the discovery "a historic milestone." However he and others said that it was too soon to know for sure, whether the new particle is the one predicted by the Standard Model, the theory that has ruled physics for the last half-century, and it will take further work to determine the accuracy.[26]


  1. ^ List of Khwarizmi International Award Winners Archived 2011-08-20 at the Wayback Machine (in Persian) stating that Shahriar Sadiq Afshar is awarded for "Construction of 65-mm telescope"
  2. ^ "Immerz Wins CES Innovations 2013 Design And Engineering Award For SoundKix". Reuters. January 7, 2013. Archived from the original on January 11, 2014. Retrieved July 2, 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  3. ^ Digital Trends Best of CES 2014 award finalists. Digital Trends. January 7, 2014.
  4. ^ Feel like you were shot in the back with KOR-FX (in a good way). By Ryan Fleming — January 10, 2014.
  5. ^ S., AFSHAR, Shahriar (23 February 2007). "SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR HAPTIC SOUND".
  6. ^ a b From A Physics Rebel Shakes Up the Video Game World, Literally, Oct 27, 2009;
  7. ^ Immerz puts game vibration on chest device Archived 2009-11-26 at the Wayback Machine Oct 19, 2009;
  8. ^ "Professional Profile". LinkedIn.
  9. ^ A great leap forward. Independent, October 6, 2004 Archived 2011-08-06 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ a b An accessory that makes you feel - literally - like you're in the videogame you're playing. By Gregory Mone . May 10, 2010.
  11. ^ Chown, Marcus (2004). "Quantum rebel wins over doubters". New Scientist. 183 (2457): 30–35.(subscription required)
  12. ^ S. S. Afshar (2004). "Waving Copenhagen Good-bye: Were the founders of Quantum Mechanics wrong?". Harvard seminar announcement. Retrieved 2013-12-01.
  13. ^ Is It a Particle, a Wave Or Both? Science Team Revisits Nature of Light. Newswise, March 12, 2007.
  14. ^ Rowan University Board of Trustees Meeting, April 27, 2005.
  15. ^ Patents, March 19, 2014
  16. ^ 30 Smartest People Alive Today. March 19, 2014.[unreliable source?]
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ Marcus Chown (2007). "Quantum rebel wins over doubters". New Scientist (2591): 13.
  19. ^ Marcus Chown (2007). "Editorial: Keep science fair, and keep it clean". New Scientist (2591): 2.
  20. ^ Games with 'emotional surround sound'. By Doug Gross, CNN June 17, 2010.
  21. ^ Tabitha Soren Discusses 4-D Gaming, Entertainment. Bloomberg interview.
  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-03-19. Retrieved 2017-09-11. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  23. ^ Shahriar S. Afshar (1999). "Non-machian, Lorentz-invariant inertia: The first step towards the theory of GravitoElectroMagnetism" (PDF). AIP Conference Proceedings. 458: 1033–1039. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-03-31. Retrieved 2009-11-18. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  24. ^ Ian Sample (July 4, 2012). "Higgs boson: it's unofficial! Cern scientists discover missing particle". The Guardian.
  25. ^ AP Interview: CERN chief firmer on 'God particle'. Times Online, January 26, 2013.
  26. ^ The Standard Model. CERN, 2015

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