Basel, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Daniel Loss, professor of theoretical physics at the University of Basel, and one of the world’s top experts on the quantic phenomena of magnetic and electronic nanosystems, has been awarded the Marcel Benoist prize, widely considered the top Swiss science award, for his work on quantam computing.
Loss, 52, chairs the physics department at the University of Basel and is co-director of the Swiss NSF Nanoscale Center and director of the Center for Quantum Computing and Quantum Coherence (QC2), both at the University of Basel.
He has published nearly 300 papers in the field of solid physics.
The prize, with a monetary value of CHF100,000, is awarded annually to a scientist established in Switzerland for the importance of his or her scientifc work and its impact on humanity, over a number of years. It covers all scientific/humanitarian fields. It was created in 1920 by a French industrialist, Marcel Benoit, and while not endowed with the fortune of a Nobel prize, for example, its reputation and indirect government support has given it a name for being the Swiss Nobel prize in science.