PHAS Faculty Robert Raussendorf Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award in Quantum Research

January 6, 2023
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Robert Raussendorf

Congratulations to PHAS Faculty Dr. Robert Raussendorf for being awarded Germany’s most valuable research award: the Humboldt Professorship with an appointment to Leibniz University in Hannover at the Institute of Theoretical Physics.

The Alexander von Humboldt Award is a prestigious appointment inviting 100+ international researchers in all disciplines working abroad to universities in Germany.

This award invites Robert to Leibniz University in Summer 2023 to work in collaboration with other leading experts towards the creation of a marketable and competitive German quantum computer: specifically, a “scalable, fault-tolerant quantum computer based on ion traps by 2025”.

Recognized today for his outstanding advances to quantum computer research and expertise, including being the creator of the ‘one-way’ quantum computer, Robert’s experience with quantum computing development from modeling and fault-tolerance to quantum information foundations offers a significant piece to this international knowledge base and will greatly contribute to quantum computing development and quantum training for others in the field.

Robert was born in Germany, completing a PhD at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in 2003, then continuing his research at the California Institute of Technology, the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario and the University of British Columbia where he was made Full Professor in 2021. He is the recipient of the Sloan Research Fellowship (2009) and the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP)-CRM Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics, jointly awarded by CAP and the Université de Montréal’s Centre de Recherches Mathématiques (2021).

Congratulations, Robert, on this tremendous award!


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