Gilles Brassard

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Gilles Brassard
Institutions Université de Montréal
Thesis Relativized Cryptography (1979)
Doctoral advisor John Hopcroft[1]
Doctoral students
  • Andre Berthiaume
  • Anne Broadbent
  • José Fernandez
  • Sébastien Gambs
  • Dominic Mayers
  • Louis Salvail
  • Alain Tapp[1]
Known for
Notable awards ForMemRS (2013)

Gilles Brassard, OC FRS FRSC is a faculty member of the Université de Montréal, where he has been a Full Professor since 1988 and Canada Research Chair since 2001.[2][3]

Education and early life[edit]

Brassard was born in Montreal, Canada, in 1955. He received a Master's degree from the Université de Montréal in 1975, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cornell University in 1979, working in the field of cryptography with John Hopcroft as his advisor.[1]


Brassard is best known for his fundamental work in quantum cryptography, quantum teleportation, quantum entanglement distillation, quantum pseudo-telepathy, and the classical simulation of quantum entanglement.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10] Some of these concepts have been implemented in the laboratory.

In 1984, together with Charles H. Bennett, he invented the BB84 protocol for quantum cryptography.[11][12] He later extended this work to include the Cascade error correction protocol, which performs efficient detection and correction of noise caused by eavesdropping on quantum cryptographic signals.

Awards and honours[edit]

Brassard was the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Cryptology from 1991 to 1998.[10] In 2000, he won the Prix Marie-Victorin, the highest scientific award of the government of Quebec.[10][13] He was elected as a Fellow of the International Association for Cryptologic Research in 2006,[14] the first Canadian to be so honored.[10] In June 2010, he was awarded the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal,[15] Canada's highest scientific honour.[16] Brassard was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada[10] and the Royal Society of London (2013).[17] His nomination reads:

On December 30, 2013 the Governor-General of Canada, the Right Honourable David Johnston, announced that Gilles Brassard has been named as an Officer in the Order Of Canada.


  1. ^ a b c Gilles Brassard at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ The Governor General of Canada's web page announcing appointment of Brassard to Order of Canada.
  3. ^ Gilles Brassard's publications indexed by Google Scholar
  4. ^ Bennett, C. H.; Brassard, G.; Crépeau, C.; Jozsa, R.; Peres, A.; Wootters, W. K. (1993). "Teleporting an unknown quantum state via dual classical and Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen channels". Physical Review Letters. 70 (13): 1895. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.70.1895. 
  5. ^ Bennett, C. H.; Brassard, G. (2014). "Quantum cryptography: Public key distribution and coin tossing" (PDF). Theoretical Computer Science. doi:10.1016/j.tcs.2014.05.025. 
  6. ^ Bennett, C.; Brassard, G.; Popescu, S.; Schumacher, B.; Smolin, J.; Wootters, W. (1996). "Purification of Noisy Entanglement and Faithful Teleportation via Noisy Channels". Physical Review Letters. 76 (5): 722. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.76.722. 
  7. ^ Bennett, C.; Brassard, G.; Mermin, N. (1992). "Quantum cryptography without Bell's theorem". Physical Review Letters. 68 (5): 557. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.68.557. 
  8. ^ Bennett, C. H.; Brassard, G.; Crepeau, C.; Maurer, U. M. (1995). "Generalized privacy amplification". IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. 41 (6): 1915. doi:10.1109/18.476316. 
  9. ^ Bennett, C.; Bessette, F. O.; Brassard, G.; Salvail, L.; Smolin, J. (1992). "Experimental quantum cryptography". Journal of Cryptology. 5. doi:10.1007/BF00191318. 
  10. ^ a b c d e Herzberg runner-up: Gilles Brassard, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, retrieved 2010-01-24.
  11. ^ Brumfiel, G. (2007). "Quantum cryptography: Seeking absolute security". Nature. 447 (7143): 372. doi:10.1038/447372a. 
  12. ^ Anderson, Mark Kendall (2003), "The secret is out", NewScientist, 2423 .
  13. ^ Les Prix du Québec - le lauréat Gilles Brassard, retrieved 2010-01-24.
  14. ^ Gilles Brassard, IACR Fellow, 2006, International Association for Cryptologic Research, retrieved 2010-01-24.
  15. ^ Les chercheurs de l'UdeM remportent trois prix nationaux en sciences, retrieved 2010-06-20.
  16. ^ NSERC - Herzberg - About the Award
  17. ^ a b "Professor Gilles Brassard FRS". Royal Society. Retrieved 29 July 2013.