Iranians Among World's 100 Geniuses

Thursday, November 1, 2007

The names of two Iranians, a scientist and an inventor, have been included in a newly-released list of 100 living geniuses in the world.

The list is compiled by a panel of six experts from Creators Synectics, a global consultants firm. The panel ranked Ali Javan in the 12th place and Pardis Sabeti in the 49th position.

Ali Javan, co-inventor of gas laser with William Bennett in 1960, is an Iranian inventor and physicist at MIT.

Javan has also conducted the first telephone conversation ever to be transmitted by laser beam in 1960. Now almost 40 years later, laser telecommunication via fiber optics is commonplace and is known as the key technology used in today's Internet.

Pardis Sabeti, biological anthropologist, is another Iranian standing tall in the list. The M.D. Ph.D. and graduate from MIT, Oxford and Harvard, studied human evolution. She is a Rhodes Scholar and the third woman ever to graduate Harvard Medical School with highest honors, summa cum laude.

Her landmark research which was on the effects of genetics on the evolution of human diseases has been in the world's top journals, including Nature and Science. She has over 20 publications and is a co-investigator on a project studying the malaria genome. Her team has just received a $2 million Gates Foundation Grant for their work.

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