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Kamran Daneshjoo
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Minister of Science, Research and Technology
In office
9 August 2009 – 17 August 2013
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Preceded by Mehdi Zahedi
Succeeded by Jafar Towfighi (Acting)
Acting Minister of Interior
In office
4 November 2008 – 24 December 2008
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Preceded by Ali Kordan
Succeeded by Sadegh Mahsouli
Governor of Tehran Province
In office
29 August 2005 – 16 July 2008
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Preceded by Ali Akbar Rahmani
Succeeded by Morteza Tamadon
Personal details
Born (1956-02-02) 2 February 1956 (age 62)
Damghan, Iran
Nationality Iranian

Kamran Daneshjoo (Persian: کامران دانشجو‎; born 2 February 1956) is an Iranian university professor who was Minister of Science from 2009 to 2013.

Early life and education[edit]

His web-site, Where?, claims he has a Bs.C. degree from Queen Mary College (UK) and a Ms.C. degree from Imperial College, after which at some point he was expelled from the UK and restricted from entering the Schengen Area due to a prior arson attempt at the Penguin Book Store in London. He obtained his PhD by "The Viva examination held at Amirkabir University of technology, Iran June 1989".[1] His claim to having earned a PhD has been disputed in Persian language blogs;[2] previously, his web-page mentioned the Manchester Imperial Institute of Science and Technology as the institute granting the Ph.D.[3]

It was reported that when obtaining Majlis's vote of confidence, the parliament speaker Ali Larijani defended him, saying he obtained his certificate in Tehran after he was kicked out of a London college for "participating in a rally opposing" British writer Salman Rushdie.[4]

It was also reported by the Mehr News Agency on 30 August 2009 that, following a probe into Daneshjoo's background during his ministerial nomination procedure, the chairman of the Education Committee of Iran's parliament, Ali Abbaspour-Tehrani announced: "He [Kamran Daneshjoo] does not have a PhD, neither from London's Imperial College nor from the Amirkabir University."[5]

Political career[edit]

Before being selected as Iran's minister of science, research, and technology, Daneshjoo was the head of Country's Election Headquarters for the Iranian presidential election, 2009.[6] He is accused by opposition leaders of being one of the engineers of election fraud.

Daneshjou is the co-author of an article published in the journal Engineering with Computers in 2009. In many places the text duplicates verbatim that of an earlier paper: "Ricochet of a tungsten heavy alloy long-rod projectile from deformable steel plates", published by South Korean scientists in the Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics in 2002.[3]


On 22 September 2009, Nature, the prominent British scientific journal, reported that "large chunks of text, figures, and tables in a 2009 paper co-authored by Kamran Daneshjou, Iran's science minister, are identical to those of a 2002 paper published by South Korean researchers".[3] On 25 September 2009, Springer, the publisher that Daneshjou's paper, was submitted to, retracts paper by Iran's science minister.[7] Similar plagiarism has been found in three other papers by Daneshjou.[8] Iranian scientists said they intend to press for a plagiarism inquiry.[9] Another paper for which he took credit has since been retracted by Engineering with Computers.[10]

Gender segregation in universities[edit]

Daneshjou has also called for the segregation of university students based on gender in accordance with the "Islamic worldview".[11]

Ideological cleansing of universities[edit]

Daneshjoo has stated that he intends to remove university professors and students who do not have a proven commitment to Islam and the Velayat-e faqih. He has also blamed much of the current post-election unrest in Iranian universities on "subversive" behavior by students and professors.[12][13]


Daneshjoo has been on the sanction list of the European Union since December 2011 due to his alleged role in the Iran's missile development and nuclear program.[14]


  1. ^ "Daneshjo - Iran University of Science & Technology - School of Mechanical Engineering". Retrieved 2013-08-01. 
  2. ^ Persian language blogs
  3. ^ a b c "Exclusive: Paper co-authored by Iran's science minister duplicates earlier paper : Nature News Blog". 2013-07-11. Retrieved 2013-08-01. 
  4. ^ "Iran MPs to debate oil and interior ministries". Petroleum World. 3 September 2009. Archived from the original on 27 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Mehr News Agency. 30 August 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "No Operation". Retrieved 2013-08-01. 
  7. ^ Accusations of plagiarism against Daneshjoo
  8. ^ Further accusations of plagiarism against Daneshjoo
  9. ^ Plagiarism inquiry requested re Daneshjoo
  10. ^
  11. ^ "Iranian Minister backs gender segregation in universities". Payvand Iran News. 28 November 2009. Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. 
  12. ^ "Minister of Science's Statements Are Against the Iranian Constitution, Islamic Penal Code, and International Conventions". International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Archived from the original on 16 March 2010. 
  13. ^ "Iranian minister calls for political cleansing of universities". Iran Human Rights Documentation Center. 6 April 2010. Archived from the original on 27 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "Council Decision 2011/783/CFSP". EU Official Gazette. 2 December 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 


Government offices
Preceded by
Alireza Afshar
Head of Country's Election Headquarters
2009 presidential election
Succeeded by
Sowlat Mortazavi


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