An international pioneer in quantum information processing
Gilles Brassard in the running for Canada’s most prestigious science and engineering prize
Gilles Brassard is one of three finalists for the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal, the most prestigious science and engineering prize in Canada, which would increase his research funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) to $1 million over the next five years.
A professor at the Université de Montréal’s Departement of computer science and operational research, Brassard is an international pioneer in quantum information processing, a field of research that has the potential to spark the most spectacular revolution in computer science since the invention of the transistor. His most celebrated breakthroughs include the discovery of quantum cryptography and quantum teleportation, both universally recognized as fundamental cornerstones of the entire field.
The prize is named after Canadian Nobel laureate Gerhard Herzberg and is widely recognized as the country’s most prestigious science award. The Medal will be awarded at a ceremony in Ottawa on March 17.
NSERC is a federal agency whose vision is to help make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians. The agency supports some 25,000 university students and postdoctoral fellows in their advanced studies. NSERC promotes discovery by funding more than 11,000 university professors every year and fosters innovation by encouraging more than 1,400 Canadian companies to participate and invest in university research projects.
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