UCL Quantum Science and Technology Institute


UCLQ Professor awarded the 2016 Raymond and Beverley Sackler Prize

7 December 2016

Congratulations are in order for Professor John Morton, a member of UCLQ and LCN professor in Nanoelectronics and Nanophotonics, who has been awarded the 2016 Raymond and Beverley Sackler International Prize in Physical Science. Professor Morton was given the award in recognition of his “highly novel contributions to quantum information processing”.

Dr. Raymond and Mrs. Beverley Sackler, patrons of science at Tel Aviv University, helped to establish the prize. First awarded in 2000, it’s goal is to promote originality and excellence of research in the fields of Chemistry, Physics and Biophysics. Prizes in Chemistry and Physics are awarded in alternating years, with this year’s prize being focused on Magnetic Resonance as a special field of Chemistry.

The awards committee cited Professor Morton’s significant work applying Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Electron Paramagnetic Resonance techniques to the problems of storing, manipulating and retrieving quantum information. These techniques will play vital rolls in developing future quantum technologies, including quantum memories and quantum computing.

Professor Morton also shares the award with Professor Guido Pintacuda, of the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, and Professor Charlampos Babis Kalodimos, of the University of Minnesota. All three winners were  recognised at a conference held at Tel Aviv University in November 2016.