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Armenia could become a leading technology center – PM

After the political revolution, Armenia is now in the stage of economic revolution, Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said in his opening remarks at the WICT 2019 in Yerevan.

He voiced hope that the ongoing economic revolution would lead to a technological one, making Armenia one of the leading innovative countries in the world, a true technology center.

“This goal seems realistic to us also because many sons of the Armenian nation are the creators of well-known technological innovations,” Pashinyan stated. The Prime Minister then listed the solutions authored by Armenians.

  • In 1853, Hovhannes Ghukasyan created the kerosene lamp, thus bringing new power to the era of technological enlightenment, making a revolution in people’s everyday lives.
  • In 1854  Christopher Ter-Serobyan created the green color of the US dollar, and that green is still considered the exclusive color of the dollar.
  • In 1911 Gabriel Kazanchyan created the hair dryer.
  • In 1916 Stepan Stepanyan created a mechanical concrete mixer that is as common in the modern world as a dryer.
  • In 1930s, Hovhannes Adamyan formulated and created the algorithm, the technology that enabled the creation of color television sets. The modern world is hard to imagine without a color TV, dollar greens, hair dryers, or a mechanical concrete mixer.
  • In 1931 Asatur Safaryan created the automobile transmission, opening new perspectives for the further development of automotive industry.
  • In 1939, Luther Gevorg Simijyan created the well-known ATM that is as popular in the modern world as the dollar, the hair dryer, the mechanical concrete mixer, the color TV, and the automatic transmission.
  • In 1960s, Michael Ter-Poghosyan became one of the founders of tomography, a revolutionary innovation in healthcare.
  • In 1970s, Raymond Tamatyan created a magnetic resonance imaging device, which has revolutionized healthcare.

    In 1995, our compatriot Emik Avakyan created a wheelchair for people with disabilities, changing the lives of millions of people with disabilities.
  • In 2006 Yuri Oganessian discovered the 118th chemical element in Mendeleev’s periodic table, which is named ogannesson in honor of the scientist.

The Prime Minister said the list can be continued.

“All this and the fact that the first Soviet computer named “Nairi” was created in Armenia, the fact that many of our compatriots have actively participated in Soviet and American space programs, the fact that today our compatriots are making serious successes in the field of technology and innovation, give us confidence that Armenia will truly become one of the most important technological centers in the world,” Pashinyan stated.

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