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Juan Ignacio Cirac Sasturain
Spanish theoretical physicist

Juan Ignacio Cirac Sasturain

Juan Ignacio Cirac Sasturain
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Intro Spanish theoretical physicist
Is Scientist Physicist Professor Educator
From Spain
Field Academia Science
Gender male
Birth 11 October 1965, Manresa, Spain
Age 57 years
Star sign Libra
Residence Germany, Germany
Complutense University of Madrid
Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research 2006
Benjamin Franklin Medal 2010
Wolf Prize in Physics 2013
honorary doctor of the University of Zaragoza 2014
Grand Cross of the Order of the Second of May 2011
Blas Cabrera National Research Award 2007
Carl Zeiss Research Award 2009
BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award 2008
Medalla de Honor al Fomento de la Invención 2015
honorary doctorate of the University of Castille-La Mancha 2005
doctor honoris causa 2015
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Juan Ignacio Cirac Sasturain (born 11 October 1965) is a Spanish physicist. He is one of the pioneers of the field of quantum computing and quantum information theory. He is the recipient of the 2006 Prince of Asturias Award in technical and scientific research.


Cirac graduated from the Complutense University of Madrid in 1988 and moved to the United States in 1991 to work as a postdoctoral scientist with Peter Zoller in the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics in University of Colorado at Boulder. Between 1991 and 1996, he was teaching physics in the Ciudad Real Faculty of Chemistry, University of Castilla-La Mancha.

In 1996, Cirac became professor in the Institut für Theoretische Physik in Innsbruck, Austria, and in 2001 he became a director of the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching, Germany, where he heads the Theory Division. At the same time, he was appointed Honorary Professor at the Technical University of Munich. He is a Distinguished Visiting Professor and Research Advisor at ICFO - the Institute of Photonic Sciences in Barcelona since its foundation in 2002. He has been a member of research teams at the universities of Harvard, Technical University of Munich, Hamburg, UCSB, Hannover, Bristol, Paris, CEA/Saclay, École Normale Supérieure, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

His research is focused on quantum optics, the quantum theory of information and quantum many-body physics. According to his theories, quantum computing will revolutionize the information society and lead to much more efficient and secure communication of information. His joint work with Peter Zoller on ion trap quantum computation opened up the possibility of experimental quantum computation, and his joint work on optical lattices jumpstarted the field of quantum simulation. He has also made seminal contributions in the fields of quantum information theory, degenerated quantum gases, quantum optics, and renormalization group methods. As of 2017 Juan Ignacio Cirac has published more than 440 articles in the most prestigious journals and is one of the most cited authors in his fields of research.

Other activities

Corporate boards

  • Telefónica, Member of the Board of Directors (since 2016)

Non-profit organizations

  • Fundación La Caixa, Member of the Advisory Council (since 2015)
  • Annalen der Physik, Member of the Advisory Board (since 2012)
  • Fundación BBVA, Member of the Scientific Committee (since 2010)


Ignacio Cirac has been granted multiple awards, notable ones being the 2006 Prince of Asturias Award, the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Basic Sciences category ex aequo with Peter Zoller, and The Franklin Institute's 2010 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics (jointly with David J. Wineland and Peter Zoller). He was awarded the Wolf Prize in Physics with Peter Zoller in 2013. In 2018 he received the Max Planck Medal of the German Physical Society and the Micius Prize.

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