Organization: University of Montreal, Québec, Canada
About the speaker:
Professor of computer science at the Université de Montréal since 1979 and Canada Research Chair from 2001 until 2021, Gilles Brassard FRS, O.C., O.Q., laid the foundations of quantum cryptography at a time when only a handful of people worldwide were interested in quantum information science and nobody could have predicted that it would usher in a multi-billion dollar industry. He is also among the inventors of quantum teleportation, a universally recognized pillar of the entire discipline for which Thomson Reuters (now Clarivate Analytics) has predicted that he will one day receive the Nobel Prize in Physics. Editor-in-Chief for Journal of Cryptology from 1991 until 1997, he is the author of three books that have been translated into eight languages. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London and of the International Association for Cryptologic Research, as well as an International Member of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States and a Foreign Member of the Academia Europaea. He was awarded honorary doctorates by the ETH in Zürich, the University of Ottawa and the Università della Svizzera italiana in Lugano, and made an Officer of the Order of Canada and of the Ordre national du Québec. Among his most recent accolades, he became in 2018 the first Canadian to receive the Wolf Prize in Physics. The following year, he received the newly created Micius Quantum Prize as well as the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Basic Sciences. Just recently, he received the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics and the C&C Prize from the NEC C&C Foundation.