Columbia Alum Wins Nobel Prize in Physics

John F. Clauser, who received his PhD from Columbia University in 1969, was one of three scientists awarded the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday.

October 05, 2022

John F. Clauser, who earned his PhD from Columbia University in 1969, received the Nobel Prize in Physics, the Royal Swedish Academy announced on Tuesday, sharing the award with two other scientists “for experiments with entangled photons, establishing the violation of Bell inequalities and pioneering quantum information science."

Clauser will split the award with Alain Aspect of the Université Paris-Saclay and École Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France and Anton Zeilinger of the University of Vienna, Austria.

"Alain Aspect, John Clauser and Anton Zeilinger have each conducted groundbreaking experiments using entangled quantum states, where two particles behave like a single unit even when they are separated," the Academy said in a press release announcing the award: "Their results have cleared the way for new technology based upon quantum information."

“It’s a great pleasure to add my voice, on behalf of the University, to those congratulating John Clauser this morning,” said Columbia President Lee C. Bollinger. “His work on quantum entanglement, while a doctoral student at this University and in the decades since, will undoubtedly serve as inspiration to independently minded scholars seeking to push their respective fields into new and exciting territories—here at Columbia and around the world.”

Read the Academy’s full announcement on this year's Nobel Prize in Physics.

Originally published by Christopher D. Shea. Read the full article on Columbia News. 

The 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to Alain Aspect, John Clauser and Anton Zeilinger for their groundbreaking work in Quantum Entanglement. Here is a brief visual summary of the essential physics.