John Bell Lecture 2017

Last updated November 24, 2017 by Andrew Brown

John Bell Day 2017 will take place on Monday 6th November. The anniversary of the publication of Bell’s ground breaking theorem is marked by a public lecture, which is hosted this year by the Chief Executives’ Club at Queen’s and the Royal Irish Academy. The event will take place at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University Belfast, on Monday 6 November 2017, from 5.30pm.

The guest speaker will be Professor Antonio Acín, Group Leader of Quantum Information Theory, at the Institute of Photonic Sciences, based in Barcelona. He will explore the impact from John Stewart Bell’s work and the advances now being made in quantum computing, in an address entitled: ‘Quantum Information and Communication: The Legacy of John Bell’.

John Stewart Bell, a Belfast scientist and Queen’s graduate, who worked at CERN, made one of the most profound discoveries of science. ‘Bell’s Theorem’ resolved a decades old dispute involving Albert Einstein and showed that Einstein’s views on quantum mechanics were incorrect. Bell’s work laid the foundation for quantum information technology which will revolutionise the world of computing, particularly in the areas of financial services and cyber security.

As information devices, such as smart phones become smaller and smaller, Professor Acín and his team are working at the cutting edge of Quantum Information Theory to explore the possibilities and limitations that Quantum Physics may offer for future developments.

Professor Sally Wheeler, interim Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at Queen’s and Senior Vice-President of the Royal Irish Academy will give the welcome address and introduce the guest speaker.

Pre-lecture refreshments will be available from 5.30pm, and the talks will begin at 6pm.

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Bell Lecture 2017


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