Ignacio Cirac and Peter Zoller were just announced as winners of the 2013 Wolf Prize for physics. I’m not sure if this is the official citation, but the Jerusalem Post is saying the prize is:
for groundbreaking theoretical contributions to quantum information processing, quantum optics and the physics of quantum gases.
If that isn’t the official citation, then it is certainly an accurate assessment of their work.
Cirac and Zoller are in very good company: the list of previous Wolf Prize winners have all made exceptional contributions to physics, and many of them have gone on to win Nobel prizes.
It’s great to see these two giants of the field get the recognition that they richly deserve. Congratulations to both!