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Scott Aaronson Honored with ACM Prize in Computing

Scott Aaronson of the University of Texas at Austin

Scott Aaronson of UT Austin has brought clarity to the capabilities and limits of quantum computers.

Credit: UT Austin

ACM has named Scott Aaronson of the University of Texas at Austin the recipient of the 2020 ACM Prize in Computing for groundbreaking contributions to quantum computing.

Aaronson showed how results from computational complexity theory can provide new insights into the laws of quantum physics, and brought clarity to what quantum computers will, and will not, be able to do. He helped develop the concept of quantum supremacy, and established many of the theoretical foundations of quantum supremacy experiments.

"Few areas of technology have as much potential as quantum computation," said ACM President Gabriele Kotsis. "Despite being at a relatively early stage in his career, Scott Aaronson is esteemed by his colleagues for the breadth and depth of his contributions. He has helped guide the development of this new field, while clarifying its possibilities as a leading educator and superb communicator."

From Association for Computing Machinery
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