Anton Zeilinger, born in 1945 in Austria, received his PhD from the University of Vienna in 1971. After a postdoctoral position with Helmut Rauch, one of the pioneers of neutron interferometry, at the Technical University of Vienna, Zeilinger joined the Neutron Diffraction Laboratory at MIT under Clifford G. Shull (Nobel Prize 1994). He held visiting appointments at Institut Laue-Langevin Grenoble, Collège de France, Oxford University, Technical University Munich and Humboldt University Berlin. In 1990, he became Chair of Experimental Physics at the University of Innsbruck and in 1999 Chair of Experimental Physics at the University of Vienna. He is presently Professor Emeritus at the University of Vienna and Senior Scientist at the Institute of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information in Vienna (IQOQI Vienna), where he enjoys working with his group of graduate students and post-docs. Anton Zeilinger has always been deeply interested in the foundations of physics with emphasis on quantum entanglement. His achievements include matter wave interferometry with neutrons, atoms, and buckyball molecules, entanglement-based quantum cryptography, entanglement-based quantum information concepts, and long-distance entanglement-based quantum communication across the river Danube and between two Canary Islands. Among his awards and prizes are the Wolf Prize in Physics, the Inaugural Isaac Newton Medal and the Chinese Micius Quantum Prize. He is a member of a number of science academies and holds various honorary professorships and honorary doctorates.
Just a couple of weeks after his talk at FOMO2022, he won the 2022 Nobel Prize for Physics.
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