Prof. Artur Ekert
Artur Ekert is one of the pioneers of quantum information science. His invention of entanglement-based quantum cryptography has linked the foundational concepts of quantum theory with the study of secure communication. This has sparked a surge in global research efforts and continues to inspire new research directions. Along with his notable discovery that Bell's inequalities can be employed to detect eavesdropping, Ekert has contributed to numerous significant advances in the foundational understanding and experimental implementations of quantum communication and computation. His leadership and pioneering work have been instrumental in transitioning the field of quantum information science from a niche academic activity into a vibrant interdisciplinary field.