Anton Zeilinger elected to lead as new President of the Austrian National Academy of Sciences Kurier.at Anton Zeilinger has been elected to lead as the new President for the Austrian National Academy of Sciences. He will begin serving in the position on July 1st of this year.
Zeilinger’s achievements have been most succinctly described in his citation for the Isaac Newton Medal of the Institute of Physics (UK), "For his pioneering conceptual and experimental contributions to the foundations of quantum physics, which have become the cornerstone for the rapidly-evolving field of quantum information. Anton is a pioneer in the field of quantum information and of the foundations of quantum mechanics. He realized many important quantum information protocols for the first time, including quantum teleportation, entanglement swapping, dense coding, entanglement-based quantum cryptography, one-way quantum computation and blind quantum computation. In addition, he made many important contributions to the conceptual and experimental foundations of quantum mechanics, particularly in the areas of quantum entanglement and macroscopic quantum mechanics."
In the summer of 2010 I lived and worked with the group in Austria after being elected to receive a fellowship for my research proposal on "Quantum Mechanics in Higher Dimensional Hilbert Spaces," a follow-up to my fellowship for "What is Real in the Quantum World?" at the Austrian International Akademie, Traunkirchen, with Anton Zeilinger, Marcus Aspelmeyer, and Caslav Brukner.
Photos of the picturesque setting—and the idyllic beautiful lake in Traunkirchen—are available online here (Flickr.com)
Article translation via Google Translate (from Kurier.at):
Anton Zeilinger new Academy President. Quantum physicist follows Helmut Denk.
For some he is the Austrian superstar of science. For others, because of his frequent public presence he can be seen as a self-promoter. It is not in dispute: The experimental physicist Anton Zeilinger (67) is one of those rare domestic scientists whose work has drawn the attention of the elite of the international scientific community. He sees science as few others, through vivid and intricate experimental work, yet he taps into understandable language and reaches a lay audience. Now the researcher will move to the top of the venerable Academy of Sciences (AAS), and will convey his ideas as AAS-chief.
"Mr. Beam," the "quantum Pope," the "pop star of science," "Warlock from Vienna," Anton Zeilinger, who seems to correspond, with his graying beard and curly locks as a perfection of the scientist stereotype, enjoys widespread popularity despite the criticisms. "The main reason he can convey such youthful enthusiasm is because he is an enthusiast himself."
Publicity never seems a motive for Zeilinger's work, as recipient of the Club of Education and Science Journalists Award in 1996 for "Scientist of the Year". Rather, his motive is his enthusiasm for his subject. And so, the award-winning physicist even taught quantum physics to the Dalai Lama, discussed the meaning of life with Nobel laureates, and has always been set for even higher (Nobel Prize) ordinations. And all this in a relatively short time—just looking back 15 years, when the physicist in 1997 with his teleportation experiments, made the breakthrough in the headlines "beamed" teleportation.
Zeilinger was on 20 Born in May 1945 in Ried (Upper Austria). He studied physics and mathematics at the University of Vienna, yet with "not a single hour attended a lecture on quantum physics." He had to acquire knowledge from books, as in his book "Einstein's Veil" (2003) writes. His PhD was made at the Atomic Institute of Helmut Rauch, the "father of quantum optics in Austria" (as a former student), where he worked after graduation (1971) as an assistant. This period also saw the first research visits abroad, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the late Nobel laureate Clifford G. Shull's lab (1994).
Several other trips abroad before he returned to his homeland in 1990, as professor of the University of Innsbruck. In 1998 he moved to Vienna University, and since then there the Institute for Experimental Physics. In 2003 he also founded together with the University of Innsbruck physicists groups led by Rainer Blatt, Rudolf Grimm and Hans Briegel, the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI) of the Academy, of which he also is the scientific director. Zeilinger also leads as physics-dean for the University of Vienna.
Zeilinger technically appears as a gifted experimenter, who succeeds in sophisticated attempts to uncover new relationships, and to confirm or disprove current theories, where he also repeatedly ventures back to the basic questions and the foundational principles of quantum physics. He works and leads in one of the most exciting and fastest growing areas of physics today—quantum technology.