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Artur Ekert

Artur Ekert

Professor Artur Ekert FRS


Elected: 2016


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 positions

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

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Mathematics
    • Applied mathematics and theoretical physics
  • Astronomy and physics
    • Quantum theory


quantum information, quantum computation, quantum cryptography, foundations of 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.

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