Professor Artur Ekert FRS

Artur Ekert works on information processing in quantum-mechanical systems. His invention of entanglement-based quantum cryptography in 1991 triggered an explosion of research efforts worldwide and continues to inspire new research directions. As well as showing that Bell’s inequalities can be used to test for eavesdropping, he has contributed to many important advances in the foundations and experimental realisations of quantum communication and computation. He has played a leading role in transforming quantum information science into a vibrant interdisciplinary field.

Artur was awarded the 1995 Maxwell Medal and Prize by the Institute of Physics and the 2007 Hughes Medal by the Royal Society. In his non-academic life he is an avid scuba diver and a pilot.

Professional position

  • Professor of Quantum Physics, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford
  • Lee Kong Chian Centennial Professor, National University of Singapore
  • Director, Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore
  • Trustee, The Croucher Foundation

Subject groups

  • Mathematics

    Applied mathematics and theoretical physics

  • Astronomy and physics

    Quantum theory


  • Hughes Medal

    For his pioneering work on quantum cryptography and his many important contributions to the theory of quantum computation and other branches of quantum physics.

  • Royal Society Milner Award

    For his pioneering contributions to quantum communication and computation, which transformed the field of quantum information science from a niche academic activity into a vibrant interdisciplinary field of industrial relevance.

Professor Artur Ekert FRS
Elected 2016