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Dr Javad Ashjaee founder of Javad GNSS succumbs to coronavirus

Dr Javad Ashjaee, founder of Javad GNSS died on 30th of May after a long fight from coronavirus illness. The news was reported by a family member on social media. He took his last breath in Moscow.

Ashjaee was born in 1949 in Qom, Iran. After completing his bachelor’s degree in electronic physics from the University of Teheran in Iran, he left the county in 1972 and continued his education at the University of Iowa and got his graduate degrees, a doctorate in 1976. He went back to his native country Iran to teach at the university and became the chairman of the Department of Computer Engineering at the Aryamehr University of Technology where he founded and managed a UNIVAC-100 computer centre. There, he created the first Iranian microprocessor lab. In 1978 Dr Ashjaee created one of the earliest student online and interactive registration systems in the world. In a few years and after the 1978 revolution and the political turmoil, things happened and he had to flee the country in 1981.

He went straight back to the US and started the next chapter of his journey in life which led to the pioneering of GPS. He spent the rest of his life designing and manufacturing of many generations of his GPS and JPS products at JAVAD GNSS, JAVAD ArWest and JAVAD EMS in the Silicon Valley. Javad Ashajee is listed as the primary inventor in 102 granted patents, the very last one in April 2020. His GPS career begun at Trimble Navigation, where he first worked on Loran-C receivers. In 1983, he co-pioneered high precision GPS by introducing the Trimble 4000-S, a 4-channel geodetic receiver, writing its entire software. It was the first commercial geodetic GPS receiver and no one can deny that it changed the survey industry irrevocably.

He left Trimble to found Ashtech, where he rolled out several product lines constituting the first portable geodetic survey receivers, the L-12, the M-12 and the Z-12. He was the first to integrate GLONASS signals with GPS in commercial receivers. He sold Ashtech and founded Javad Positioning Systems, eventually selling that as well, founding Javad Navigation Systems and finally JAVAD GNSS in 2007. The company headquartered in San Jose, California, with a substantial R&D office in Moscow, where Javad increasingly spent most of his time.