The Centre de recherches mathématiques (CRM) and the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) are pleased to announce that the 2021 CAP-CRM Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics is awarded to Robert Raussendorf, University of British Columbia, to recognize his eminent contributions to the theory of quantum computing, including groundbreaking work on measurement-based or “one way” quantum computing, fault-tolerant quantum computing, and computationally universal quantum phases of matter.
Prof. Raussendorf has made multiple fundamental contributions to the theory of quantum computation. He proposed a new technique, the “one-way” or measurement-based quantum computer, which is considered one of the few viable paths for physical quantum computers. He developed a scheme for fault-tolerant quantum computing, and identified a computationally universal phase of quantum matter.
The objective of this award is to recognize research excellence in the fields of theoretical and mathematical physics. The annual CAP-CRM Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics was first introduced in 1995, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the CAP.