RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, April 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --
University of Basel physicist Professor Daniel Loss received today the King Faisal International Prize 2017 for Science from King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia at a glittering ceremony here in the presence of an elite gathering of princes, ministers, top officials, thought leaders, scholars, and scientists.
Prof. Daniel Loss has been honoured with the renowned Prize for his pioneering work in the area of spin dynamics and spin coherence in quantum dots, creating new areas of opportunity with practical applications for spin-based quantum computing. His initiatives have inspired several major experimental programmes, and opened up possibilities to develop powerful spintronic quantum computers with exceptional speed and storage capacity.
Prof. Daniel Loss shares the prize with Professor Laurens Molenkamp of the University of Wurzburg, Germany.
On the occasion, Prof. Daniel Loss said: "I thank the King Faisal International Prize for recognizing the massive possibilities in spin-based quantum computing, which highlights the prestigious award's focused efforts to encourage research based knowledge around the world. This is a great recognition for quantum physics that will help spark further interest among research teams worldwide in this major area."
Several research teams worldwide rely on Prof. Loss's theoretical contributions, which have become an integral part of the effort to create a quantum computer based on spin qubits in semiconductors.
Professor Daniel Loss has more than 400 specialist publications to his name and is one of the world's most frequently cited physicists. He is the Professor at the Department of Physics in the University of Basel; and Director of the Basel Center for Quantum Computing and Quantum Coherence at the University of Basel, Switzerland
Launched by the King Faisal Foundation and granted for the first time in 1979, the King Faisal International Prize recognizes the outstanding works of individuals and institutions in a number of key areas. Scientists who were awarded the King Faisal International Prize have gone on to receive other prestigious awards in following years; for example 18 King Faisal International Prize laureates went on to receive the Nobel Prize, while 13 won the Gairdner Foundation International Awards, 11 received the American National Medals of Science, and 9 were awarded the Lasker Medical Award; among many other distinguished prizes.
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