24 June 2019

Peter Krogstrup receives Elektroprisen 2019

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Professor Peter Krogstrup receives Elektroprisen 2019, annually awarded by The Danish Society of Engineers, IDA. Peter Krogstrup is professor in quantum physics at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, heading the Microsoft Quantum Materials Lab in Lyngby. The objective of the center is to construct the world’s first quantum computer. Elektroprisen is an annual honorary award, given to a person showing promising progress within the field of electro technique and electronics. It is awarded for excellence in technical and scientific work at a high professional level, spanning a number of years and simultaneous connection to Danish research or industry.

Peter Krogstrup is professor in quantum physics at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, heading the Microsoft Quantum Materials Lab in Lyngby.

Peter had an unusual start of his career in Physics, as he began his years as a student at the age of 31. But making up for that seemed to be no problem at all, as he was able to add the title “Professor” to his name as soon as in 2018, only 15 years later. Later that year he could even assume the position as head of the Microsoft Quantum Materials Lab. Here, the collaboration between researchers and engineers from the Danish Technical University, Microsoft and the University of Copenhagen aims at constructing a quantum computer, which will dramatically change computer technology as we know it. A quantum computer will be able to perform calculations much faster and with a far higher complexity than the technology we possess today.

“Peter Krogstrup’s research group is internationally acknowledged within the field of quantum research, and the ground breaking collaboration, nationally and internationally, is a credit to Peter Krogstrup’s abilities as a coordinator. Apart from that he has an impressive list of publications with several articles in magazines like “Science” and “Nature”, which testifies to scientific work at a very high international level”, - in the words of the motivation for the beneficiary for 2019.

Along with the award comes an amount of 30,000 DKK