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Curriculum Vitae of Khidhir A. A. Hamza

Dr. Khidhir Hamza worked as a consultant for ISIS during 1997-1999. He provided a copy of his CV, reproduced below, as of 1997.

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Curriculum Vitae

Date of Birth: January 18, 1939
Marital Status: Married, three sons


Ph.D. (Physics, 1968), Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Theoretical Physics (nuclear), Dissertation: Coulomb Forces in the Three Body Problem
M.Sc. (Physics, 1965), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
B.Sc. (Physics, 1960), University of Baghdad, Iraq

Employment History:

1968 - 1969 -- Post Doctoral Instructor, Physics Department, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

1969 - 1970 -- Associate Professor of Physics and Mathematics, Fort Valley State College, Fort Valley, GA (subjects: Physics (Introduction and Intermediate Laboratory), Topology, Math. Ana., Mod. Algebra)

1970 - 1990 -- Iraq Atomic Energy Commission

1991 - 1993 -- Lecturer, Computer Science Department, Al-Mansour University College, Baghdad, Iraq (subjects: Numerical Analysis, Operations Research (Lab))

1994 - 1995 -- Associate Professor of Physics, 7th April University, Alzawiya, Libya (subjects: Special Relativity, Mathematics, Artificial Intelligence (Prolog, Comp.Sc.Dp.))

Scientific Activities:

  • Supervised 15 M.Sc. theses; co-supervised 1 Ph.D. Dissertation.
  • Member of the Iraqi National Space Committee (established Iraq's space center).
  • Represented Iraq at the UN Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (1979- 1983).
  • Delegate for Iraq, UN Working Group subcommittee of the Space Committee.
  • Member for Iraq of the International Committee for Space Research (COSPAR) (1984 - 1990).
  • Head of the Iraqi delegation to the second UN Conference on Space, Vienna, 1985.
  • Member of the Iraqi delegation to the International Atomic Energy Agency (1972 - 1975).
  • Head of the Iraqi delegation to France to finalize the purchase of a research reactor.
  • Choice of site and design of preliminary planning for Al-Atheer nuclear weapons development project as Director General of Weaponization under General Hussein Kamel.
  • Frequent attendance and participation in the International Center for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy (1974 - 1985).


University of Baghdad and Al-Mustansiriya University (1970 - 1994); Graduate and undergraduate courses in quantum mechanics, nuclear physics, mathematical physics, mechanics, and electromagnetism.


  • "Coulomb Forces in the Three Body Problem," Physical Review 181, 1494 (1969), with S. Edwards.
  • "Exact off-Shell Formulation of Three-Particle Scattering with Coulomb and Separable Potentials," Arab Journal of Physics, vol. 1, 1980, p. 50.
  • Two books on Atomic Energy (in Arabic), published by the Iraqi Atomic Energy Commission, 1975, 1984.

1 "Weaponization" is a term used to describe a set of processes to research, develop, test, and manufacture nuclear explosives or weapons using a supply of fissile material. The program headed by Hamza was not involved in producing the fissile material, but planned to use a supply of highly enriched uranium that was to be produced in other, far larger, efforts headed by Jaffar Dhia Jaffar and Mahdi Shakir Ghali al Ubeidy. [Back to the text]

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