The Austrian quantum physicist Alessandro Fedrizzi was awarded one of ten "Quantum Technologies Fellowships", funded by the British Engineering and Physical Science Research Council. The 36-year-old scientist Fedrizzi was given an "Early Career Fellowship" for EUR 1.6 million at the Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh (Scotland) and aims to dramatically improve the generation of photonic quantum bytes, the elementary building blocks of a quantum computer. Fedrizzi studied physics at the Vienna University of Technology and did his PhD with the quantum physicist Anton Zeilinger in the year 2005 to 2008. He subsequently went to work at the University of Queensland in Brisbane (Australia), where he has been up until now.
Other researchers in Austria enjoyed international success over the past few days. The Innsbruck-based quantum physicist Oriol Romero-Isart was honored with the "Young Investigator Award" at the International Conference on Quantum Information Processing and Communication in Leeds, Great Britain. The Spanish-born scientist won the award endowed to the amount of EUR 4,000 for his trailblazing contributions on interdisciplinary issues relating to quantum physics. Romero-Isart is a professor for theoretical physics at the University of Innsbruck and junior director at the Institute of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Innsbruck.