Ardeshir Hosseinpour

Ardeshir Hosseinpour

Dr. Ardeshir Hosseinpour [Alternatively English transliterations of the Persian name are: Ardshir or Adreshire and Hassanpour or Hossein-pour] (PerB| اردشير حسين پور , b. 1962 – d. 15 January 2007) was an Iranian junior scientist, assistant professor, and authority on electromagnetism.cite news | url = http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/821634.html | title = U.S. website: Mossad killed Iranian nuclear physicist | accessdate = 2007-02-05 | last = Melman | first = Yossi | authorlink = Yossi Melman| date = 2007-02-04 | publisher = Haaretz] He was also involved in the Iranian nuclear program. Hosseinpour died mysteriously in early 2007 during his nuclear work at Isfahan.

Career

Dr. Hosseinpour held a B.S. degree in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. degree in physics from Shiraz University (2002). [cite news | url = http://dbase.irandoc.ac.ir/00644/00644176.htm | title = الکتروديناميک يون هاي مغناطيسي در ابرشبکه ها, /اردشير حسين پور. | accessdate = 2007-02-05 | date = 2006-01-04| format = XML | publisher = IRANDOC Open Databases | pages = | language = Persian] He was an assistant physics professor of Shiraz University, and also taught at the Malek Ashtar University of Technology in Isfahan.

In 2005, he co-foundedcite news | url = http://www.stratfor.com/products/premium/read_article.php?id=283793 | title = Geopolitical Diary: Israeli Covert Operations in Iran | accessdate = 2007-02-04 | date = 2007-02-02 |publisher = Stratfor (requires premium subscription)] and continued his research at the Nuclear Technology Center of Isfahan.cite news | url = http://www.adnki.com/index_2Level_English.php?cat=Security&loid=8.0.380293765 | title = IRAN: NUCLEAR SCIENTIST DIES UNDER MYSTERIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES | accessdate = 2007-02-05| date = 2007-01-25 | publisher = Adnkronos International (AKI)] He continued his research there until his death on January 152007.

Cause of death

There are conflicting reports as to the cause of Hosseinpour's death. His death was not reported until six days after the event, first by the Al-Quds daily and the Iranian Students' News Agency. Iranian Radio Farda originally reported that he died due to "gassing".cite news | url = http://www.radiofarda.com/Article/2007/01/21/f4_scientist_nuk_dies.html | title =مرگ مشکوک يک دانشمند هسته ای جمهوری اسلام (Scientist Nuk Dies) | accessdate = 2007-02-04| publisher = Radio Farda|language = Persian]

The US private intelligence company Stratfor released a report on 2 February 2007 which claimed that "Hassanpour was in fact a Mossad target" based on "sources close to Israeli intelligence."cite news | url = http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article1324321.ece | title = Iranian nuclear scientist ‘assassinated by Mossad’ | accessdate = 2007-02-05 |last = Baxter |first = Sarah |date = 2007-02-04 | publisher = The Sunday Times (refers to interview of Stratfor's Rheva Bhalla)] Stratfor also reported that the cause of death was "radioactive poisoning." The Israeli newspaper "Haaretz" reported that a "website of expatriate Iranian communists" had claimed that several other scientists were killed or injured in the same incident, and treated in nearby hospitals.

Stratfor added that:

"Decapitating a hostile nuclear program by taking out key human assets is a tactic that has proven its effectiveness over the years, particularly in the case of Iraq. In the months leading up to the 1981 Israeli airstrike on Iraq's Osirak reactor -- which was believed to be on the verge of producing plutonium for a weapons program -- at least three Iraqi nuclear scientists died under mysterious circumstances."

Despite these reports, the "semi-official" [cite news | url = http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/01/26/iraq.main/index.html?eref=rss_topstories | title = U.S. troops allowed to kill Iranians plotting attacks in Iraq | accessdate = 2007-02-05 |publisher = CNN] Fars News Agency reported that an unnamed informed source in Tehran told them that Hosseinpour was not involved in the nuclear facility at Isfahan, and that he "suffocated by fumes from a faulty gas fire in sleep." [cite news | url = http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=8511150571 | title = Moussad Incapable of Running Operations in Iran | accessdate = 2007-02-05 |date = 2007-02-04 | publisher = Fars News Agency] The report of an assassination was also denied by Gholamreza Aghazadeh, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, who said that Iranian nuclear experts "are sound and safe." [cite news | url = http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-02/05/content_5696356.htm | title = Tehran denies reports on scientist's "assassination" | accessdate = 2007-02-05 |date = 2007-02-05 | publisher = Xinhua News Agency] Mossad sources, including Meir Amit, the former head of the agency, also told the "San Francisco Chronicle" that the claim of assassination is "baseless" and "goes against all known modus operandi of the agency." [cite news | url =http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2007/02/18/MNGPCO71TL1.DTL | title = Israel tense over 'the Iranian threat' | accessdate = 2007-02-18 | last = Kalman | first = Matthew | date = 2007-02-18| publisher = San Francisco Chronicle ]

On February 14, Stratfor again reported on the Hosseinpour death, warning that a reprisal attack by Iran against Israeli or Jewish targets around the world would come four to six weeks later if historical patterns hold true.cite news | url = http://www.stratfor.com/products/premium/read_article.php?id=284367 | title = The Covert War and Elevated Risks | accessdate = 2007-02-14 | last = Burton | first = Fred | date = 2007-02-14 | publisher = Stratfor|format = requires premium subscription] According to an investigative work by an Italian journalist, Ardeshir Hosseinpour sympathised with Khatami, and may have been killed because he wanted to defect [Maurizi, Stefania: "Il mistero della morte di mio marito che lavorava al nucleare iraniano", Il Venerdì of La Repubblica, 31 August 2007.]

Awards

*Ranked 2nd, Applied research section, Khwarazmi International Festival.
*Ranked 1st, Khwarazmi International Festival. (2006)

Publications

*cite journal | quotes = | last = | first = | authorlink = Ardeshir Hosseinpour | author = Hosseinpour, Ardeshir | coauthors = Sadeghi, H. | date = | year = 2001 | month = September | title = Anisotropy Variation with Order-Disorder Transition in Magnetite | journal = Physica Status Solidi (b) | volume = 227 | issue = 2 | pages = 563–567 | doi = 10.1002/1521-3951(200110)227:2<563::AID-PSSB563>3.0.CO;2-G | id = | url = http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/abstract/85513700/ABSTRACT?CRETRY=1&SRETRY=0 | language = | format = | accessdate = 2007-02-06 | doilabel = 10.1002/1521-3951(200110)227:2563::AID-PSSB5633.0.CO;2-G
*cite journal | quotes = | last = | first = | authorlink = Ardeshir Hosseinpour | author = Hosseinpour, Ardeshir | coauthors = Zakery, Abdolnaser | date = | year = 2001 | month = | title = Investigation of Magnetic Force for Barium and Strontium Ferrites | journal = Journal of the American Ceramic Society | volume = 84 | issue = 5 | pages = 1184–1186 | doi = 10.1111/j.1151-2916.2001.tb00813.x | id = | url = http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/links/doi/10.1111/j.1151-2916.2001.tb00813.x/abs/ | language = | format = | accessdate = 2007-02-05 | publisher = Blackwell Publishing Ltd. for the American Ceramic Society (also abstracted at [http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/amcs/acsj/2001/00000084/00000005/art00047 IngentaConnect] , [http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=997613 INIST-CNRS] , and [http://md1.csa.com/partners/viewrecord.php?collection=TRD&recid=8008408AWC CSA] )
*cite journal | quotes = | last = | first = | authorlink = Ardeshir Hosseinpour | author = Hosseinpour, Ardeshir | coauthors = Javadpour, Sirus | date = | year = 2005 | month = | title = Fabrication of High Density Strontium Ferrites | journal = Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Ferrites (ICF 9) | volume = | issue = | pages = 353–358 | doi = | id = | url = http://md1.csa.com/partners/viewrecord.php?collection=TRD&recid=8500962WC | language = | format = | accessdate = 2007-02-05
*cite journal | quotes = | last = | first = | authorlink = | author = Ghasemi, Ali | coauthors = Shams, M.R.; Saatchi, A.; Salehi, M.; Hosseinpour, A. | date = 2004-10-01 | year = | month = | title = Influence of Stoichiometry and Molar Ratio of Barium Ferrite Thin Film Synthesized by Sol-gel on Alumina Substrate | journal = Transactions of Materials and Heat Treatment | volume = 25 | issue = 5 | pages = 1313–1315 | doi = | id = | url = http://www.wanfangdata.com.cn/qikan/periodical.Articles/jsrclxb/jsrc2004/0405/0405306.htm | language = | format = | accessdate = 2007-02-05

Notes

ee also

* Nuclear program of Iran
* Plans for strikes against the Iranian nuclear program

External link(s)

* [http://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&lr=&q=ardeshir+hosseinpour&btnG=Search Ardeshir Hosseinpour publications]


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