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Bell Prize Winners

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Aug. 1, 2019
Ignacio Cirac and Peter Zoller awarded the sixth Bell Prize
The sixth biennial John Stewart Bell Prize for Research on Fundamental Issues in Quantum Mechanics and Their Applications is awarded to Ignacio Cirac (Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics) and Peter Zoller (University of Innsbruck) for their recent groundbreaking proposals in quantum optics and atomic physics on how to engineer quantum systems to carry out novel information processing tasks.
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Aug. 31, 2017
Ronald Hanson, Sae-Woo Nam and Anton Zeilinger awarded the Fifth Bell Prize
The fifth biennial John Stewart Bell Prize for Research on Fundamental Issues in Quantum Mechanics and Their Applications is awarded to Ronald Hanson (TU Delft), Sae Woo Nam (NIST), and Anton Zeilinger (University of Vienna) for their groups’ experiments simultaneously closing the detection and locality loopholes in a violation of Bell’s Inequalities. This work removes all reasonable doubt about the nonlocal nature of quantum entanglement, and opens the door to new information technologies.
Prof. Rainer Blatt
July 31, 2015
Rainer Blatt awarded the Fourth Bell Prize
The fourth biennial John Stewart Bell Prize for Research on Fundamental Issues in Quantum Mechanics and Their Applications is awarded to Rainer Blatt, Professor of Physics at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, for his pioneering research on quantum information processing with trapped ions, in particular, for the recent demonstrations of analog and digital quantum simulators and quantum logic gates on a topologically encoded qubit.
Michel Devoret and Robert Schoelkopf
June 10, 2013
Michel Devoret and Robert Schoelkopf awarded the Third Bell Prize
The third biennial John Stewart Bell Prize for Research on Fundamental Issues in Quantum Mechanics and Their Applications is awarded to Michel Devoret and Robert Schoelkopf, Professors of Applied Physics at Yale University, USA, for fundamental and pioneering experimental advances in entangling superconducting qubits and microwave photons, and their application to quantum information processing.
Prof. Sandu Popescu
June 1, 2011
Prof. Sandu Popescu awarded the Second Bell Prize
The second biennial John Stewart Bell Prize for Research on Fundamental Issues in Quantum Mechanics and their Applications is awarded to Sandu Popescu, Professor of Physics at the University of Bristol, UK, for discoveries illuminating the nature of nonlocality and entanglement, the investigation of stronger-than-quantum non-signaling correlations, and the application of quantum theory to thermodynamics.
Prof. Nicolas Gisin
June 25, 2009
Prof. Nicolas Gisin awarded the First Bell Prize
In 2009, the first biennial John Stewart Bell Prize for Research on Fundamental Issues in Quantum Mechanics and their Applications was awarded to Prof. Nicolas Gisin for his theoretical and experimental work on foundations and applications of quantum physics, in particular: quantum non-locality, quantum cryptography and quantum teleportation.