People

Michelle Simmons AO

Prof. Michelle Y. Simmons AO

PRECISION QUBIT PROCESSOR PROGRAM
2018 Australian of the Year
Director, Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology

Qualification: FRS, FAA, FAAAS, FTSE, FInstP, Dist FRSN
BSc Physics (Hons.), BSc Chemistry (Hons.) University of Durham (UK); PhD Physics, Durham (UK)
Tel: +61-2-9385-6313 (with voicemail)  Email: Michelle.Simmons@unsw.edu.au

Prof Simmons obtained a double degree in physics and chemistry (1985-1988) and then a PhD in physics, engineering II-VI solar cells from Durham University (1992). Following this she was a postdoctoral Research Fellow in GaAs-based quantum electronics at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge, UK (1992-99). In 1999 she was awarded an Australian Research Council QEII Fellowship to come to Australia, where she was a founding member of the Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computer Technology. Michelle is an ARC Laureate Fellow and has been the Centre Director since 2010.  She is also the founding Director of Silicon Quantum Computing Pty. Ltd,  Australia’a first quantum computing company and Editor-in-Chief of npj Quantum Information, Nature’s premier journal in the emerging field of quantum information science.

Michelle has pioneered unique technologies globally to build electronic devices at the atomic scale. Her team is the only group world-wide that can create atomically precise devices in silicon – developing the first precision single atom transistor, narrowest conducting wires in silicon and most recently the demonstration of the first 2 qubit gate using phosphorus atoms in silicon. With over 400 peer reviewed publications, 21 granted patents and >180 invited/plenary talks, she is the international leader in atomic electronics.

Recognition
2018: Australian of the Year
2018: Fellow of the Royal Society of London
2017: Asia Pacific Laureate in the Physical Sciences, L’Oréal-UNESCO
2017: George R. Stibitz Computing Pioneer Award, The American Computer Museum
2016: Feynman Prize, US Foresight Institute
2015: Thomas Ranken Lyle Medal, Australian Academy of Science
2015: Eureka Prize for Leadership, CSIRO
2014: Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science
2013: Walter Burfitt Prize, Royal Society of New South Wales
2012: NSW Scientist of the Year
2011: Fellow, UK Institute of Physics
2005: Pawsey Medal, Australian Academy of Science

In the News

22 Jul 2019: Fastest Silicon Spin Two-qubit Gate
18 Jul 2019: 200 times faster than ever before: the speediest quantum operation yet
12 Mar 2019: Universities welcome NSW government backing for Sydney Quantum Academy
22 Feb 2019:  Why does your work matter? Research summit asks global thought leaders to answer the big question
12 Feb 2019: National centre of excellence in quantum opens at UNSW
24 Jan 2019: Prouder than ever to be Australian
22 Jan 2019: Think big, celebrated scientist tells new home Down Under
8 Jan 2019: Quantum scientists demonstrate world-first 3D atomic-scale quantum chip architecture
14 Dec 2018 UNSW Professor Michelle Simmons named Honorary Patron of Mateship
27 November 2018: Quantum computing at scale: Australian scientists achieve compact, sensitive qubit readout
14 Nov 2018: World experts heading down under to talk silicon quantum computing
14 August 2018: School students get exclusive insights into the world of quantum
16 July 2018: Tuning in to quantum: scientists unlock signal frequency control of precision atom qubits
24th May 2018: Michelle Simmons – 2018 Australian of the Year
7th March 2018: Seeing is believing: precision atom qubits achieve milestone
7 March 2018: Precision atom qubits achieve major quantum computing milestone
25th January 2018: UNSW scientist Michelle Simmons is Australian of the Year
23 Jan 2018: Countdown to the Australian of the Year announcement
27 Nov 2017: UNSW innovation awards
8 Sept 2017: Islands of Innovation
23 Aug 2017: UNSW creates future with launch of ‘unique’ quantum computing company
15 Jun 2017: Celebrating a high performing new journal in the revolutionary field of quantum information
1 Jun 2017: Michelle Simmons lights up Vivid with her vision of a quantum world
24 Mar 2017: Paris celebrates eminent women in science
19 Jan 2017: UNSW quantum physicist to deliver Australia Day address
4 Oct 2016: How quantum computers will change our world
4 Oct 2016: International prize for quantum computing leader
24 May 2016: Top international award for quantum computing chief
23 May 2016: UNSW innovators and entrepreneurs to gather in San Francisco
8 Dec 2015: Telstra matches $10m CBA pledge for quantum computing race
8 Dec 2015: Commonwealth Bank commits $10m to quantum computing flagship
1 Nov 2015: Researchers design architecture for a quantum computer in silicon
27 October 2015: Inaugural articles from first Nature Partner Journal in Australia published
21 Oct 2015: Recognition for UNSW’s top science and engineering innovators
11 Sept 2015: Simmons, WINNER 2015 Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science
10 Sept 2015: Quantum industry needs more Australian government support
27 Aug 2015: UNSW Science shines at Eurekas
7 Aug 2015: Eureka nods for leadership celebrate UNSW women
2 Dec 2014: Commonwealth Bank invests $5m in quantum computing
24 Nov 2014: Academy awards for UNSW scientists
27 May 2014: UNSW shines at Shine Dome
7 May 2014: Royal Society trifecta
24 Apr 2014: Pioneer physicist joins elite academy
13 Feb 2014: Physics: a fundamental force for future security

Role: Program Manager

University: UNSW Sydney

Phone: (02) 9385 6313

University Email: michelle.simmons@unsw.edu.au

Researcher ID: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/B-2755-2010

Address: Centre for Quantum Computation & Communication Technology School of Physics The University of New South Wales SYDNEY 2052 Australia

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