3 scientists share Nobel Prize in physics : NPR

A Nobel diploma and medal are displayed, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, during a ceremony in New York.

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A Nobel diploma and medal are displayed, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, during a ceremony in New York.

Angela Weiss/AP

STOCKHOLM — This year’s Nobel Prize in physics has been awarded to Alain Aspect, John F. Clauser and Anton Zeilinger for their work on quantum information science.

Hans Ellegren, Secretary General, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, announced the winner Tuesday at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.

While physicists often tackle problems that appear at first glance to be far removed from everyday concerns — tiny particles and the vast mysteries of space and time — their research provides the foundations for many practical applications of science.

Last year the prize was awarded to three scientists — Syuk Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann and Giorgio Parisi — whose work has helped to explain and complex forces of nature, thereby predicting our understanding of climate change.

A week of Nobel Prize announcements kicked off Monday with Swedish scientist Svante Paabo receiving the award in medicine Monday for unlocking secrets of Neanderthal DNA that provided key insights into our immune system.

They continue with chemistry on Wednesday and literature on Thursday. The 2022 Nobel Peace Prize will be announced on Friday and the economics award on Oct. 10.

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