Trained Physicists Play Key Roles

March 18, 2015 12:15 PM

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Trained Physicists Play Key Roles

LAUSANNE, Switzerland—Two physicists with strong ties to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology—one American, one Iranian—are playing make-or-break roles in negotiations aimed at forging an agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear program by the end of this month.

Ernest Moniz, the U.S. energy secretary, was an assistant professor in MIT’s physics department while Ali Akbar Salehi, now chairman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, was studying for his doctorate in nuclear engineering, which he received in 1977.

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