22 Facts About Anton Zeilinger


Anton Zeilinger is an Austrian quantum physicist and Nobel laureate in physics of 2022.


In 2007, Anton Zeilinger received the first Inaugural Isaac Newton Medal of the Institute of Physics, London, 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 Zeilinger was born in 1945 in Ried im Innkreis, Upper Austria, Austria.


Anton Zeilinger studied physics at the University of Vienna from 1963 to 1971.


Anton Zeilinger received a doctorate from the University of Vienna in 1971, with a thesis on "Neutron depolarization measurements on a Dy-single crystal" under Helmut Rauch.


In 1981 Anton Zeilinger returned to MIT in 1981 as an associate professor on the physics faculty until 1983.


Anton Zeilinger was, between 2004 and 2013, the scientific director of the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information in Vienna between 2004 and 2013.


Anton Zeilinger became professor emeritus at the University of Vienna in 2013.


Anton Zeilinger was president of the Austrian Academy of Sciences from 2013 till 2022.


Since 2006, Anton Zeilinger is the vice chairman of the board of trustees of the Institute of Science and Technology Austria, an ambitious project initiated by Anton Zeilinger's proposal.


Anton Zeilinger is a fan of the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams, going so far as to name his sailboat 42.


Anton Zeilinger later expanded this work to developing a source for freely propagating teleported qubits and quantum teleportation over 144 kilometers between two Canary Islands.


Anton Zeilinger contributed decisively to the opening up of the field of multi-particle entanglement.


Anton Zeilinger then applied quantum entanglement to optical quantum computation, where in 2005, he performed the first implementation of one-way quantum computation.


Anton Zeilinger's dream is to put sources of entangled light onto a satellite in orbit.


The source for polarization-entangled photon pairs developed with Paul Kwiat when he was a PostDoc in Anton Zeilinger's group became a workhorse in many laboratories worldwide.


Anton Zeilinger is interested to extend quantum mechanics into the macroscopic domain.


Anton Zeilinger developed a number of ways to coherently manipulate atomic beams, many of which, like the coherent energy shift of an atomic De Broglie wave upon diffraction at a time-modulated light wave, have become cornerstones of today's ultracold atom experiments.


Anton Zeilinger's group realized the first Bell inequality experiment implementing the freedom-of-choice condition and provided the first realization of a Bell test without the fair sampling assumption for photons.


Anton Zeilinger built a beautiful double-slit diffraction experiment on the S18 instrument at the Institut Laue-Langevin which, later on, gained in accuracy and could act with only one neutron at a time in the apparatus.


Anton Zeilinger has written more than 550 scientific articles, of which 500 are peer reviewed and 16 are considered highly cited papers.


Anton Zeilinger has been interviewed by Morgan Freeman in season 2 of Through the Wormhole.