Iranian elites dying far from home

Iranian elites dying far from home
ID : N-3922 Date : 2019/01/07 - 15:43

(Persia Digest) – It was 14 July 2017, when it was reported in the news that Maryam Mirzakhani the Iranian professor of mathematics at Stanford University and the first woman winner of the Fields Medal, has passed away from cancer at the age of 40.

One year later, it was reported that Adel Karimian, senior PhD student of electronic engineering at the University of Central Florida (UCF) was dead.

Karimian died of a heart attack at the age of 30. In 2003, he ranked seventh in Iran’s general university entrance exam and received his MA from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, but later left the country to continue his studies at the University of Orlando.


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It seems that the death of Iranian elites in other countries is still continuing since it was only last week when reports said that Dr Babak Farzad, the first Iranian who won the medal of the world computer Olympiads passed away from cancer at the age of 39. Babak was the classmate of the late Maryam Mirzakhani.

He finished his BA degree at Sharif University of Technology and went to Canada for his PhD in Informatics in Toronto. He completed his Post-Doctoral at McGill University and became a professor at the University of Brock.


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A few days before his death, he had tweeted: “Goodbye my dear friends, see you on the other side.”

A regrettable phenomenon faced by Iran in the recent years has been the brain drain or emigration of its scientific elites. Although there are no precise statistics of the Iranian elites leaving the country to study or live abroad, you can find at least one Iranian at any university or scientific or research center or institute in any corner of the world and this indicates the high number of emigration by Iranian elites. This is a problem which can inflict huge financial, scientific and developmental loses on the country because, gradually, no top gene or talent will remain in the country. This is a problem that requires due attention by Iranian authorities.

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