Professor Brassard’s best-known work focuses on the foundations of quantum cryptography and quantum teleportation.
Cryptography makes it possible to communicate in complete security despite the presence of possible spies. This is to protect both the confidentiality and the integrity of the communication, explains Professor Brassard on the University of Montreal website.
The Breakthrough Prize, dubbed the
oscar of science, was created in 2012 by Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan from META (Facebook), Sergey Brin from Google, and Iouri Milner and Anne Wojcicki from 23andMe. Each year, it rewards five major breakthroughs in life sciences, fundamental physics and mathematics.
Professor Brassard receives the award with his colleagues Charles Bennett from IBM, David Deutsch from Oxford University, and Peter Shor from MIT.
These scientists paved the way by showing the feasibility of securely teleporting quantum information tangled
via satellite or fiber optic cablenotes the press release from the Breakthrough Prize Foundation.
Each prize comes with a cash prize of US$3 million.
Gilles Brassard has been a professor at the University of Montreal for nearly 35 years. He currently teaches at the Department of Computer Science and Operations Research (DIRO). He is notably the holder of the Canada Research Chair in Quantum Computing.
Prof. Brassard is an Officer of the Order of Canada and has received numerous other distinctions, including the Gerhard-Herzberg Gold Medal from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
He is also the first Canadian to receive the Wolf Prize in Physics for having invented, with his accomplice Charles Bennett, the theory of quantum information. Many observers predict that he will win a Nobel Prize.