Professor, Austrian Academy of Sciences
Anton Zeilinger is Professor of Physics at the University of Vienna and Scientific Director at the Institute of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Stages in his career include the Technical Universities of Vienna and Munich, the M.I.T., the University of Innsbruck, and the Collége de France.
Among his distinctions are the Wolf prize in physics, the inaugural Isaac Newton Medal of the UK Institute of Physics, and the King Faisal Prize of Science. He is an honorary professor at the University of Science and Technology of China, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and member of seven scientific academies.
Zeilinger works both experimentally and theoretically on the foundations of quantum physics and their applications to quantum information science and technology. His fundamental experiments include quantum interference of neutrons, photons, atoms, and macromolecules, discovery and first realization of multiparticle entanglement, and precision tests of the concepts of reality and locality in quantum physics. These experiments and concepts have become central to the emerging field of quantum information science where Zeilinger performed pioneering realizations of quantum teleportation, quantum cryptography, and quantum computation.