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Climate Change, Creativity and Quantum Computing:

What the World’s Best Minds Think

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, HKUST invited Nobel Laureates Prof Steven Chu and Prof Alan J Heeger, and winner of the Turing Award, Prof Andrew Yao, to share their wisdom and insights on climate change, creativity and quantum computing in the HKUST 25th Anniversary Distinguished Speakers Series.

All three professors serve on the IAS International Advisory Board, which offers strategic advice and guidance on the development of IAS. Here are some quotes from their inspiring speeches at HKUST.

Stay tuned for more talks in the 25th Anniversary Distinguished Speakers Series: 25a.ust.hk/eng/dss.php.

*The Turing Award is hailed as the highest recognition in computer science and the “Nobel Prize of Computing”. It is named after Alan Turing, the father of modern computer science, as featured in the movie, The Imitation Game.
Prof Steven Chu
1997 Nobel Laureate in Physics and former US Secretary of Energy
HKUST IAS International Advisory Board Member
On Energy, Climate Change and the Transition to a Sustainable World:
“Climate of the earth is indeed changing, and we have very compelling evidence that said it is largely caused by greenhouse gases by humans.”
Prof Alan J Heeger
2000 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
HKUST IAS International Advisory Board Member
On Creativity, Discovery and Risk—Nobel Prizes Past and Future:
“In science, creativity and discovery are related, but they are not the same. Scientific breakthroughs typically result from a combination of creativity and discovery.”
Prof Andrew Yao
2000 Turing Award Winner
HKUST IAS International Advisory Board Member
On Quantum Computing: A Great Science in the Making:
“Quantum computer comes at a fortuitous time when the Moore’s law for computing is starting to reach its physical limit imposed by quantum mechanics. The design of quantum computer offers a daring approach: to take advantage of the quantum problem instead of fighting it.”