ACM has named Scott Aaronson the recipient of the 2020 ACM Prize in Computing for his pioneering contributions to quantum computing.
Aaronson helped develop the concept of quantum supremacy, which is when a quantum device is able to solve a problem that classical computers cannot solve in a reasonable amount of time.
The University of Texas at Austin professor established many theoretical precepts of quantum supremacy experiments, and has researched how such experiments could facilitate the generation of cryptographically random bits.
ACM president Gabriele Kotsis said, "Importantly, his contributions have not been confined to quantum computation, but have had significant impact in areas such as computational complexity theory and physics."
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