TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Thursday awarded a prestigious prize within the research of science and know-how to two physicists based mostly within the United States.

Harvard University physics professor Cumrun Vafa acquired The Mustafa Prize within the area of “All Areas of Science and Technology.” Vafa is an Iranian-American.

The award, he stated, reminds him “that there isn’t any border for science and know-how and so they belong to all human beings.”

He donated his award to an Iranian science basis.

A quantum professor at Princeton University, Bangladesh-born M. Zahid Hasan, acquired the prize, too.

Three different scientists, Lebanon’s Mohamed H. Sayegh, Pakistan’s Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary and Morocco’s Yahya Tayalati additionally gained awards.

Each of the 5 gained $500,000. They had been chosen from greater than 500 entrants.

It was the fourth award ceremony for the biennial prize since 2015. Iran launched the prize as a part of its aim to turn out to be a regional scientific powerhouse.

The award comes in opposition to the backdrop of U.S. sanctions on Tehran and Iran’s unraveling nuclear take care of world powers.

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