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Khidhir Hamza

Khidhir Hamza

Dr. Khidhir Hamza was born in 1938 in Iraq and received a masters degree from MIT, followed by a Ph.D. in theoretical nuclear physics from Florida State University in 1968, he was then an instructor at Florida State, as well as an Associate Professor at Fort Valley State College from 1969-1970.

It was then that he was summoned back to Iraq (not to have gone would have exposed his family to unspeakable punishments). Mr. Hamza made a rapid ascent through the ranks.

Before 1987, when he became director general of Saddam Hussein's nuclear program, he served as Chairman of the Physics Department of Iraq's Atomic Energy Commission, Head of the Nuclear Fuel Division, Head of the Theoretical Division of the Office of Research and Development, and Science Advisor to the Atomic Energy Organization.

By 1987, Dr. Hamza was appointed Director General of the Nuclear Weapon Program, which made him Iraq's leading nuclear physicist.

Through the long years of laboring for Saddam Husayn, Mr. Hamza dreamed of freedom again. Finally, in August 1994, he had his chance and escaped through the north of Iraq. Although refused admission to the United States for a year, he eventually was allowed to defect to the United States.

Together with Jeff Stein, Dr. Hamza, authored Saddam's Bombmaker, published by Scribner, Nov. 2000. The book was reviewed by the New York Times and Washington Post.

Dr. Hamza has given many media interviews, including New York Times, Tom Brokaw, Nightly News, 60 Minutes II, PBS Frontline, NPR: All things Considered, and the Morning Show with Bob Edwards.

Recent articles by Khidhir Hamza

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