Abian (January 1, 1923–July 1999) was an
American mathematician who taught for many years at
Iowa State University.
Abian was born in Tabriz,
Iran of Armenian descent. After earning an
undergraduate degree in Iran, he emigrated to the
United States in 1952. After earning a masters
degree from the University of Chicago, Abian went on
to earn a Ph. D. from the University of Cincinnati,
where he wrote a dissertation on a topic in
invariant theory under the direction of Isaac
Barnett. After teaching posts in Tennessee, New
York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, he joined the faculty
of Iowa State in 1967. He wrote three books,
published more than two hundred papers, and is said
to have proven three "named theorems".
seems probable that few who knew Abian only from his
mathematical work would be likely to guess that he
would gain some degree of international notoriety
for his claim that blowing up the
Moon would solve virtually every problem of human
existence. Such a claim was made in 1991
in a campus newspaper. Stating that a moonless Earth
wouldn't wobble, eliminating both the seasons and
its associated events like heat waves, snowstorms
and hurricanes. Refutations were given toward that
idea by NASA saying that part of the exploded Moon
would come back as a meteorite impacting the Earth
and causing sufficient damage to extinguish all
life, while restoring the seasons in the process.
Just before he died, Abian said that "Those critics
who say 'Dismiss Abian's ideas' are very close to
those who dismissed Galileo".