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Regarded as one of the most influential scientists of the twentieth century, John Stewart Bell formulated a theorem which physicists, philosophers and historians now consider to be one of the most significant developments in quantum theory.
‘Bell’s Theorem’ was first published on November 4, 1964 and resolved a decades-old dispute involving Albert Einstein, which ultimately demonstrated that Einstein’s views on quantum mechanics were incorrect. The Theorem laid the foundation for a fast-developing area of modern physics – quantum information technology – which is having a revolutionary impact on computing and cryptography with particular application in the financial-services and cyber-security industries.
Queen’s Professor and Emerita Professor
A distinguished scientist and chemist, Ruth Lynden-Bell made crucial advancements in our knowledge of the properties of liquids and disordered solids — solids with abnormal structures. She developed sophisticated mathematical models to probe the properties of ionic liquids – contributing to industrial chemistry’s green revolution.
She was also a founding member of Queen’s Women’s Forum and played a leading role in developing the academic careers of a number of women.
Professor Sir John McCanny is an international authority on special purpose silicon architectures for Digital Signal and Video Processing and Cryptography. He has published 5 research books, 360 peer-reviewed research papers and holds over 20 patents.
He was responsible for the vision that led to the creation of the Northern Ireland Science Park (now Catalyst) and its £37M research flagship, the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT). He also led the initiative that created the (now) £65M Centre for Secure Information Technology, the UK’s Innovation and Knowledge Centre for Cybersecurity.