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Anton Zeilinger gets Wolf Prize for Physics

Vienna University physicist Anton Zeilinger has won the "Wolf Prize 2010 for Physics" along with two other scientists, the university announced today (Tues).

The Prize with a stipend of 100,000 Euros will be shared by Zeilinger, French scientist Alain Aspect and US scientist John Clauser.

The Wolf Foundation in Israel said the three had been awarded the prize for their "conceptual and experimental contributions to quantum physics."

It added they had provided "the fundamental building blocks for many modern quantum-information technologies on which intensive research is being done around the world."

The Wolf Prize is considered one of the most prestigious in the world, and a number of its recipients have also won the Nobel Prize in physics.

Israeli President Shimon Peres will award the prize in the Israeli Knesset in May. Ricardo Wolf endowed the prize in 1976.

Zeilinger, who will turn 65 this year, studied physics in Vienna. He has been a professor of physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Vienna Technical University (TU), Munich University, Innsbruck University, Melbourne University and the College de France in Paris.

He has also led research at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the US state of New Mexico and at Oxford University’s Merton College.

He has been a professor of experimental physics at Vienna University since 1999 and scientific director of the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) since 2004.

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