Prominent Iranian Scientist Blocked From Attending Physics Meeting

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Science  19 Feb 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5968, pp. 933
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5968.933-a

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Iranian physicist Farhad Ardalan has spent enough time in the United States to regard it as his second home. But a case of apparent mistaken identity may prevent him from ever visiting his adopted country again. U.S. consular officials have derailed Ardalan's application for a visa after telling him that U.S. government records show he was arrested in the United States in 1983 for an unspecified offense. They also say that he may have been involved in deportation proceedings 20 years earlier.