The winner of the Herbert-Walther-Award 2019 is Prof. Sir Peter Knight

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The winner of the Herbert-Walther Award 2019 has been decided: The recipient is Prof. Sir Peter Knight, who is considered a pioneer in the field of quantum optics. The award is handed over by the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the Deutschen Physikalischen Gesellschaft (DPG) during the World of Photonics Congress.

Prof. Sir Peter Knight Prof. Sir Peter Knight

Knight is recognized “for remarkable and varied contributions to quantum optics and quantum information science, ranging from foundations to applications”. He will hold his Award lecture “The Journey from Manipulating Single Quantum Systems to Quantum Information Processing” on Tuesday, June 25th from 14:00 – 14:30.

Knight, Senior Fellow in Residence, Kavli Royal Society International Centre, U.K., is a physicist renowned for pioneering research into quantum optics. His 40 years of work on the nonclassical properties of light and the theoretical underpinnings of quantum computing have established him as an influential figure within the wider UK physics community.
Knight is also professor and senior research investigator in the physics department at Imperial College, and chair of the Quantum Metrology Institute, National Physical Laboratory, both in the U.K. Additionally he was head of the Optical Society of America, president of the Institute of Physics, and initiated the European Quantum Optics Conferences together with Herbert Walther, starting point for the European quantum optics and quantum information, which nowadays is well established.

The Herbert Walther Award, administered jointly by OSA and DPG, recognizes distinguished contributions in quantum optics and atomic physics as well as leadership in the international scientific community.


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  • World of Photoncs Congress