Nicolas Gisin was born in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1952. He received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Geneva in 1981. After a postdoc at the University of Rochester, NY, and four years in industry, he joined the Group of Applied Physics at the University of Geneva, where he has led the optics section since 1988. His activities range from the foundations of quantum physics to applications in quantum communications. In 2009, he was the first awardee of the John Steward Bell prize.