Ignacio Cirac

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Ignacio CiracIgnacio Cirac Sasturain is the Director of the Theoretical Division of the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, located in Garching, Germany. He was born in 1965 in Manresa, Spain. He studied Physics at the Complutense University (Madrid) and then taught Physics at the University of Castilla-La Mancha while, simultaneously, working as a post-doctoral scientist at the Colorado University. In 1996 he became professor at the Innsbruck University (Austria), a position which he left in 2001 in order to become director of the Max Planck Institute.

Ignacio Cirac is especially well-known for having devised the first Quantum Computer prototype. Throughout his career he has been the receptor of several awards and honors, amongst which are the Príncipe de Asturias (which he obtained in 2006) and the Franklin Medal, which he obtained in 2010 along with Peter Zoller and David J. Wineland.

Ignacio Cirac’s page at the Max Planck Institute.

An interview with Ignacio Cirac

Answers from this author by topic

External Reality

“Experiments prove that Nature does not define properties”

External Reality
Free will

“One has to believe it’s possible to obtain random results”

Free will

“Space itself could be a Quantum-Physical object”


“The claim that Quantum Mechanics allows us to modify the future with our consciousness actually goes against Quantum Mechanics”

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