Anton Zeilinger

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Zeilinger Group

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Curriculum Vitae

Anton Zeilinger

Born on May 20th, 1945 in Ried/Innkreis, Austria

Present addresses:
Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna
Boltzmanngasse 5, 1090 Vienna, Austria
Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information
Austrian Academy of Sciences
Boltzmanngasse 3, 1090 Vienna, Austria



  • 1979:  Habilitation, Vienna University of Technology
  • 1971:  Ph.D., University of Vienna, thesis on “Neutron Depolarization in Dysprosium Single Crystals” under Prof. H. Rauch
  • 1963-1971:  Study of Physics and Mathematics, University of Vienna
  • 1963:  Matura (School Leaving Examination), Bundesgymnasium Wien 13, Fichtnergasse 15, Vienna


  • 2013-present: President, Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • 2004-2013: Director, IQOQI Vienna, Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • 1999-present: Full Professor of Experimental Physics, University of Vienna
  • 1990-1999: Full Professor of Experimental Physics, University of Innsbruck
  • 1988-1989: Full Professor of Physics (Lehrstuhlvertretung), Technical University of Munich
  • 1983-1990: Associate Professor, Vienna University of Technology
  • 1981-1983: Associate Professor of Physics, M.I.T. (Visiting)
  • 1979-1983: Assistant Professor, Atominstitut Vienna
  • 1977-1978: Research Associate (Fulbright Fellow) at M.I.T. in the Neutron Diffraction Laboratory under Prof. C.G. Shull (Nobel Laureate 1994), USA
  • 1972-1979: Research Assistant, Atominstitut Vienna with Professor Helmut Rauch


  • 2010: Visiting Research Fellow, Part-Time, Merton College, Oxford
  • 2001-2004: Senior Humboldt Fellow, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
  • 1998: Visiting Research Fellow, Merton College, Oxford University, UK
  • 1995: Chaire Internationale, Collège de France, Paris, France
  • 1986-1989: Adjunct Full Professor, part-time, Hampshire College, Amherst, USA
  • 1983-1990: Regular summer research appointments at M.I.T., USA
  • 1974-1989: Guest Researcher (part-time), Institut Laue-Langevin, Grenoble, France


  • 2012: Herzberg Memorial Lecture, Canadian Association of Physicists, Calgary, Canada
  • 2012: Racah Lecture, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
  • 2012 Cherwell-Simon Lecture, Oxford University, UK
  • 2012 Festkolloquium, 500. WE-Heraeus Seminar, Bad Honnef, Germany
  • 2011 Vice Chancellors Lecture, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2011 Mark W. Zemansky Lecture, City College of New York, USA
  • 2011 Festvortrag, 75th Annual Meeting, German Physical Society, Dresden
  • 2011 Van Vleck Lecture, University of Minnesota, USA
  • 2011 Festkolloquium für Peter Becker, Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Braunschweig, Germany
  • 2010 Frontiers in Physics Lecture, City College of New York, USA
  • 2010 Ockham Lecture, Merton College, Oxford University, UK
  • 2010 Dvorak Memorial Lecture, University of Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2010 Celsius Lecture, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • 2009 Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker Lectures, University of Hamburg, Germany
  • 2009 Festvortrag, 150th birthday of Max Planck, Max Planck Society, German Physical Society, Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
  • 2009 Inaugural Kavli Colloquium at Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • 2009 PITP Lecture on Quantum Phenomena, Pacific Institute of Theoretical Physics, Vancouver, Canada
  • 2008 Newton Prize Lecture, Institute of Physics, London, UK
  • 2008 Asher Perez Memorial Lecture, Technion, Haifa, Israel
  • 2007 Wolfgang-Paul Lecture, Bonn University, Germany
  • 2006 Barut Memorial Lect., Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2006 Rosenthal Lecture, Yale University, USA
  • 2006 Johannes Gutenberg Lecture, Mainz University, Germany
  • 2004 Colloquium Ehrenfestii, Leiden University, Netherlands
  • 2003 Angstrom Lecture, Uppsala University, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2003 Amos de-Shalit Memorial Lecture, Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel
  • 2003 Solly Cohen and Shimon Offer Memorial Lecture, Racah Institute of Physics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • 2003 Schrödinger Lecture, Imperial College, London, UK
  • 2003 Niels Bohr Lecture, Copenhagen University, Denmark
  • 2002 Chemerda Lecture, Pennsylvania State University, USA
  • 1999 Schrödinger Lecture, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
  • 1997 H.L. Welsh Lecture in Physics, University of Toronto, Canada
  • 1996 Colloquium Ehrenfestii, Leiden University, Netherlands
  • 1984 Sir Thomas Lyle Lecture, University of Melbourne, Australia


  • 2013 Foreign Associate, National Academy of Sciences America (NAS)
  • 2012 Fellow, American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • 2011 Full Member, Academia Europaea
  • 2009 Foreign Member, Académie des Sciences, Institut de France
  • 2006 Foreign Member, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts
  • 2005 Honorary Member, Slovak Academy of Sciences
  • 2005 Member, German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
  • 2002 Member, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences
  • 2000 Member, Academia Scientiarum et Artium Europaea
  • 1999 Fellow, American Physical Society
  • 1998 Full Member, Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • 1994 Corresponding Member, Austrian Academy of Sciences


  • 2006 Honorary Doctorate, Gdansk University, Poland
  • 2005 Honorary Doctorate, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
  • 1996 Honorary Professor, University of Science and Technology of China


  • 2013 Urania Medal, Urania Berlin
  • 2012 Finalist, World Technology Award for Communications Technology
  • 2010 Wolf-Prize in Physics, Wolf Foundation, Israel
  • 2009 Great Cross of Merit with Star of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • 2008 ERC Advanced Grant, European Research Council
  • 2008 Quantum Communication Award, Tamagawa University, Japan
  • 2008 Inaugural Isaac Newton Medal, Institute of Physics, UK
  • 2007 Quantum Electronics Prize, European Physical Society
  • 2005 King Faisal Prize, King Faisal Foundation, Saudi Arabia
  • 2005 Descartes Prize, European Commission
  • 2004 Lorenz-Oken-Medal, Society of German Researchers and Physicians, Germany
  • 2004 Klopsteg Award, American Association of Physics Teachers, USA
  • 2003 Sartorius Prize, Göttingen Academy of Sciences, Germany
  • 2001 Order Pour le Mérite for Sciences and Arts, Germany
  • 2000 Senior Humboldt Fellow Prize, Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Germany
  • 1997 European Optics Prize, European Optical Society
  • 1996 European Lecturer, European Physical Society
  • 1995 Prix Vinci d’Excellence, Fondation LVMH, Paris, France


  • 2013 Großer Tiroler Adler Orden, Federal Province Tyrol
  • 2006 Grand Gold Decoration, City of Vienna
  • 2005 Wilhelm-Exner-Medal, Austrian Association for Enterprises
  • 2002 Johannes Kepler-Prize, Science Prize of Upper Austria
  • 2001 Decoration of Sciences and Arts (Austrian equivalent to the Order of Merit)
  • 2001 Visionary of the Year in Science
  • 2000 Science Prize, City of Vienna
  • 1997 Kardinal Innitzer Würdigungspreis, Vienna
  • 1996 Austrian Scientist of the Year
  • 1980 Junior Prize of the Theodor Körner Foundation, Vienna
  • 1979 Prize for Junior Scientists, Kardinal Innitzer Foundation, Vienna
  • 1975 Prize of the City of Vienna for the Encouragement of Young Scientists


  • 2009-present President, International Academy Traunkirchen, Austria
  • 2008-present Member, Planning and Strategy Committee of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • 2006-present Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, Institute of Science and Technology of Austria
  • 2006-present Member, Executive Board, Institute of Science and Technology of Austria
  • 2006-2009 Dean of the Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna
  • 2004-present Scientific Director, Institute of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information Vienna, Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • 2002-2003 Member, Founding Convent, University of Vienna, Austria
  • 2002 Initiator of a new Postgraduate Research Institution which has been implemented as Institute of Science and Technology in Austria
  • 1997-1998 President, Austrian Physical Society
  • 1996-1998 Member, Quantum Electronics and Optics Division, European Physical Society
  • 1994-2000 Member, Editorial Board, Physical Review A
  • Since 1988 Member, Editorial Board, Foundations of Physics
  • 2006 – 2008 Member, Editorial Board, New Journal of Physics


Fundamental Phenomena in Quantum Mechanics (experiment and theory) and their Applications in Quantum Information Science and Technology

  •  Fundamental investigations in Quantum Physics, experiment and theory
  • Tests of Quantum Mechanics
  • Entanglement and Quantum Nonlocality
  • Coherent Neutron and Atom Optics
  • Matter Wave Interferometry
  • Quantum Cryptography
  • Quantum Communication
  • Quantum Computation
  • Quantum Teleportation
  • Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen Paradox
  • Decoherence


Fundamental Physics and Theory
• Generalized Aharonov-Bohm Effects for Time-Dependent Potentials
• First Papers ever published on Quantum Cellular Automata
• Invention of First Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen Experiment Based on an External Variable (Momentum) Instead of an Internal One (e.g. Spin)
• Discovery of Three-Particle Entanglement as an Extreme Demonstration of Quantum Non-Locality (GHZ)
• Discovery of Entanglement Swapping
• Identification of Information as Fundamental in Quantum Physics
• Mathematical Irreducibility and Quantum Randomness

Neutron Interferometry and Neutron Optics
• Demonstration of Spinor Symmetry using a Neutron Interferometer
• Observation of Coherent Spinor Superposition with Neutrons
• Young’s Double-Slit Experiment with Neutrons
• Development of Novel Perfect-Crystal Neutron Interferometers
• Neutron Interferometry with Very Cold Neutrons
• Measurement of the Magnetic Neutrality of the Neutron
• Observation of the Anomalous Effective Mass of Neutrons
• Tests of the Linearity and the Unitarity of the Schrödinger Equation
• Observation of the Fizeau-Effect for Neutrons
• Observation of In-Crystal Gravitational Effects with Neutrons
• Observation of Generalized Aharonov-Bohm-Effects with Neutrons

Atom Optics
• Dynamical Diffraction of Atoms at Thick Light Crystals
• Diffraction of Atoms at a purely Imaginary Potential
• Anomalous Transmission of Atoms through Light Fields
• Coherent Side-Band Modulation of Atomic DeBroglie Waves
• Development of an Atom Interferometer with Gratings of Light
• Development of a Nanometer Mask made of Light for Atoms
• Development of a Moiré Accelerometer and Rotation Sensor
• Diffraction of Atoms at Complex Potentials
• Observation of a Violation of Friedel’s Law with Atoms
• Coherent Diffraction of Atoms at Light Crystals in the Channeling Limit
• Atom Holography

Molecule Optics
• Development of a Macromolecule Interferometer
• Quantum Interference of C-60 and C-70 Molecules
• Quantum Interference of Porphyrine, a biological molecule
• Decoherence by Collisions
• Decoherence by Photon Emission
• Detailed Investigation of the Quantum-Classical Transition

Mesoscopic Physics
• First Demonstration of the Self-Cooling of a Micromechanical Mirror by Radiation Pressure

Fundamental Physics with Entangled Photons
• Development of a Novel High-Intensity Source for Polarization-Entangled Photon Pairs
• Observation of a Violation of Bell’s Inequality by more than 100 Standard Deviations
• Two-Photon Quantum Eraser Experiments
• Young’s Experiment with Single Photons with High Precision
• Measurement of Pendellösung for Single Photons and for Entangled Photon Pairs
• Experimental Demonstration of Interaction-Free Measurement
• Entangled Entanglement
• First Experiment of Two-Photon Antibunching at a Beam Splitter
• A Double-Slit Heisenberg Microscope Experiment with Photon Pairs
• First Experimental Quantum Teleportation
• Long-Distance Test of Bell’s Inequality under Einstein Locality Conditions
• Realization of Multi-Photon Entanglements (GHZ-states)
• Demonstration of GHZ Nonlocality
• Entanglement of the Orbital Angular Momentum of Photons
• Tests of a Leggett-type Nonlocal Hidden Variable Theory
• Nonlocal Delayed-Choice Experiments with Entangled Photons
• First Bell Experiment closing two Loopholes
• First Kochen-Specker Experiment with single Qutrits

Quantum Information, Quantum Communication and Quantum Computation
• First Experimental Observation of Hyper-Dense Coding
• First Teleportation of Independent Entangled Photons
• Experimental Entanglement Swapping
• First Experimental Observation of GHZ States
• Demonstration of Purification of Entangled Pairs
• First Quantum Cryptography with Entangled Photons
• First Experimental Realization of the One-Way Quantum Computer
• Grover’s Search Algorithm on a One-Way Quantum Computer
• Demonstration of a Nonlinear Sign-Shift Logical Gate
• First Demonstration of Decoherence-Free Quantum Computation
• Realization of a Photonic C-Not Gate
• Characterization and Conversion of GHZ and W States
• One-Way Quantum Computation with Active Feed-Forward
• Long-Distance Teleportation Across the River Danube
• Quantum Cryptography Over 144 km
• Detection of Single Photons Returning from a Satellite
• Realization of Quantum Games on a One-Way Quantum Computer
• Development of a Fully Automated Entangled-State Quantum Cryptography System
• Quantum Simulation of a Frustrated Heisenberg Spin Chain


More than 450 scientific publications among those, more than 350 in peer reviewed, ISI ranked journals
More than 700 invited talks at conferences and seminars
Some papers have become science citation classics. Three papers have been cited more than 1.000 times. Another 14 papers have been cited more than 200 times. The paper “Experimental Quantum Teleportation” (Nature 390, 1997) has been cited more than 1.700 times so far (ISI Citation Index).


Edited Collections and Conference Proceedings

Frontiers of Neutron Scattering
In honour of Clifford G. Shull on the occasion of his 70th birthday
Editors: R. J. Birgenau, D. E. Moncton, A. Zeilinger
Elsevier Science / North-Holland Publishing Division 1986

New Techniques and Ideas in Quantum Measurement Theory
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Vol. 480
Editors: D. M. Greenberger, A. Zeilinger
New York Academy of Sciences 1987

Matter Wave Interferometry
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of E. Schrödinger’s birth
Editors: G. Badurek, H. Rauch, A. Zeilinger
Elsevier Science / North-Holland Publishing Division 1988

Fundamental Problems in Quantum Theory
In Honor of Professor John A. Wheeler
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, V. 755
Editors: D. M. Greenberger, A. Zeilinger
New York Academy of Sciences 1995

Epistemological and Experimental Perspectives on Quantum Physics
Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook, Volume 7
Editors: D. Greenberger, W. L. Reiter, A. Zeilinger
Kluwer Academic Publishers 1999

The Physics of Quantum Information
Quantum Cryptography, Quantum Teleportation, Quantum Computation
Editors: D. Bouwmeester, A. Ekert, A. Zeilinger
Springer 2000

Quantum Information
An Introduction to Basic Theoretical Concepts and Experiments
Springer Tracts in Modern Physics, Volume 173
Editors: G. Alber, T. Beth, M. Horodecki, P. Horodecki, R. Horodecki, M. Rötteler, H. Weinfurter, R. Werner, A. Zeilinger
Springer 2001

Quantum Computation and Quantum Information Theory
Editors: C. Macchiavello, G.M. Palma, A. Zeilinger
World Scientific Publishing 2001

Quantum [Un]speakables, From Bell to Quantum Information
Editors: R. A. Bertlmann, A. Zeilinger
Springer 2002

Popular science books

Einsteins Schleier
A. Zeilinger
C.H. Beck 2003

Einsteins Spuk
A. Zeilinger
Bertelsmann 2005

Dance of the Photons
A. Zeilinger
Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2010

Einsteins Schleier and Einsteins Spuk appeared in German. Translations into other languages have appeared or are currently in preparation.