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Klung Wilhelmy Science Award in Physics 2023

Hannes Bernien im Labor an der University of Chicago

Hannes Bernien im Labor an der University of Chicago
Image Credit: Courtesy of UChicago Pritzker Molecular Engineering / Credit: John Zich

The Klung Wilhelmy Science Award in Physics honors Prof. Dr. Hannes Bernien (The University of Chicago) for his pioneering contributions to the development of quantum technology platforms based on Rydberg atoms as well as color centers in diamond.

  • Date: Thursday, December 7, 2023
  • Time: 5:00 p.m.
  • The event will take place at the Henry Ford Building of Freie Universität Berlin (Garystr. 35, 14195 Berlin).
  • The ceremony will be held in German only. Registration is required.

Hannes Bernien has been Assistant Professor at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) at the University of Chicago (USA) since 2019. He studies quantum many-body physics and quantum information processing, and seeks to develop new ways of engineering large, complex quantum systems. His academic career has taken him from studying physics at Leibniz Universität Hannover (Diploma 2009), to completing his PhD Cum Laude in 2014 under the supervision of Prof. R. Hanson at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, and finally to Harvard University (USA) in 2015 as a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. M. Lukin.

Bernien has received numerous awards and prizes for his research, including the New Horizons in Physics Prize (2023), the Sloan Research Fellowship (2021), and the International Quantum Technology Young Scientist Award (2020).

Klung Wilhelmy Science Award

The Klung Wilhelmy Science Award,
1973 to 2001 Otto-Klung-Award,
2001 to 2007 Otto-Klung-Weberbank-Award,
2007 to 2013 Klung-Wilhelmy-Weberbank-Award,
is an annual German science award that alternates annually between the fields of chemistry and physics.

The Klung Wilhelmy Science Award is presented under the patronage of the German Federal Minister of Education and Research, Bettina Stark-Watzinger.