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Aron Wall wins Breakthrough New Horizons Prize for work on black holes and spacetime

Image credit: Courtesy of Aron Wall
Oct 17 2018
Awards, Department News, Staff

Stanford research scientist Aron Wall has been awarded a 2019 Breakthrough New Horizons in Physics Prize for fundamental insights about quantum information, quantum field theory and gravity.

The $100,000 prize is given each year to up to three “promising junior researchers who have already produced important work,” according to the prize website. This year, Wall shares the prize with physicists Daniel Jafferis of Harvard University and Daniel Harlow of MIT. Wall has co-authored scientific papers with both of them. They will receive their prize at an award ceremony to be held Nov. 4.

“It’s very humbling to get an award like this, especially when I know so much of the great work that other people do,” said Wall, who is a part of the Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics (SITP).
New Horizons prizes are one of three groups of Breakthrough Prizes in physics – the others are the $3 million Special Breakthrough Prize and the $3 million Breakthrough Prize. The Breakthrough Prizes also recognize researchers in mathematics and life sciences.  [Read more.]