Nobel Prize in Physics
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences Secretary General Hans Ellegren, Eva Olsson and Thors Hans Hanson, members of the Nobel Committee for Physics, announce the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics winners: Allen Aspect, John F. Clauser and Anton Zeilinger during a press conference at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, Sweden, October 4, 2022.

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Stockholm — On Tuesday, three scientists jointly won this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on quantum information science, which has significant applications, for example, in the field of encryption.

Alain Aspect of France, John F. Clauser of the United States and Anton Zeilinger of Austria were honored by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences as “pioneers of quantum information science.”

“Quantum information science is a bright and rapidly developing field,” said Eva Olsson, a member of the Nobel Committee. “This has broad and potential implications in areas such as secure information transmission, quantum computing and sensing technologies.”

“Its origins can be traced back to quantum mechanics,” she said. “His predictions opened the door to another world and shook the foundations of how we interpret measurements.”

While physicists often tackle problems that at first seem far removed from everyday problems—tiny particles and the vast mysteries of space and time—their research provides the basis for many practical applications of science.

Last year, the prize was awarded to three scientists – Shukuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann and Giorgio Parisi – whose work has helped explain and predict the complex forces of nature, thereby advancing our understanding of climate change.

The week of announcing the Nobel Prize started on Monday Swedish scientist Svante Paabo receives an award in the field of medicine Monday to unlock the secrets of Neanderthal DNA that have led to an understanding of our immune system.

On Wednesday they continue chemistry, and on Thursday – literature. The 2022 Nobel Peace Prize will be announced on Friday, while the economics prize will be announced on October 10.

The prize money is SEK 10 million (almost $900,000) and will be presented on December 10. The money comes from the will of the creator of the award, the Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel, who died in 1895.