According to a detailed report by the New York Times, the top Iranian nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who officials believe was working to build Iran a nuclear weapon, was killed in a remote-controlled ambush by Israeli Mossad agents in November 2020. The report includes interviews with Israeli, American, and Iranian sources


Fakhrizadeh and His Importance for Iran’s Nuclear Program

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was born in the Iranian city of Qom in 1958 and joined the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) after the Iranian revolution in 1979.

Fakhrizadeh received his Bachelor of Science in nuclear physics from Shahid Beheshti University in 1987. He later earned a master’s degree at the Isfahan University of Technology and a Ph.D. in nuclear radiation and cosmic rays.