(Wikipedia) - Mohammad-Ali Najafi
Mohammad-Ali Najafi (Persian: محمدعلی نجفی; born 13 January 1952) is an Iranian university professor in mathematics and politician who is currently acting Minister of Science. He also held cabinet portfolios during the 1990s. Early life and education
Najafi was born in Tehran on 13 January 1952. He ranked first in Iranian national university entrance exam and enrolled in Sharif University of Technology (then known as Aryamehr University of Technology). He earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from the Sharif University of Technology. Following his bachelors, he enrolled in the graduate program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his master of science degree in mathematics in 1976 but dropped out of PhD program in 1978 during the Iranian revolution to return to Iran. Career
Following the Iranian revolution of 1979, Najafi returned to Iran and became a faculty member at Isfahan University of Technology in 1979 and he was the chair of the university from 1980 to 1981. He was a faculty member at department of mathematical sciences in Sharif University of Technology from 1984 to 1988, when he moved to government.
At the end of the reformist government of Mohammad Khatami and following Mahmud Ahmadinejad''s election Najafi moved back to university and has been faculty in the department of mathematics at Sharif University of Technology working on representation theory.
He served as an advisor to Mostafa Chamran. He was the minister of higher education from 1981 to 1984 in the cabinet of then Prime Minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi. In 1989, he became the minister of education under then President Hashemi Rafsanjani and served until 1997. In 1997, he was appointed vice president and head of the Planning and Budget Organization by President Mohammad Khatami, but after a merge of the organization with another he was succeeded by Mohammad Reza Aref in the post. Najafi was an advisor to President Khatami and the senior advisor to the minister of industries from 2001 to 2005. In the Iranian City and Village Councils elections, 2006, Najafi ran for a seat in Tehran City Council. He headed a list named "The Union of reformists" (ائتلاف اصلاحطلبان). This was the first time Najafi ran in a general election in Iran. He was not seek for a reelection in 2013 election. He was also advisor to Mahdi Karroubi. He is the cofounder of the Executives of Construction Party.
He was nominated as minister of education by Hassan Rouhani. However, the Parliament did not approve his appointment on 15 August 2013. He received 142 votes in favor, 133 votes against, and 9 abstentions. He was appointed head of Cultural Heritage, Handcrafts and Tourism Organization on 17 August. However, Najafi resigned from his position on 30 January 2014 due to health problems, making it the first change in Rouhani''s cabinet.
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