PM Prize Winners 2023

The Australian Research Council’s Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology’s Director Professor Michelle Simmons AO and Chief Investigator Professor Yuerui (Larry) Lui were recognised in the prestigious 2023 Prime Minister’s award ceremony held at Parliament House.

This remarkable achievement highlights the collective efforts of our research teams at CQC2T to lead the world in the field of quantum technologies.

UNSW Sydney Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons has been named the winner of the annual 2023 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science for her achievements in creating the field of atomic electronics, with a mission to create the world’s first error-corrected quantum computer here in Australia. The prize recognises how her discoveries are powering the transition from the digital to the quantum age.

“I have been humbled throughout my career to receive generous support from the Australian public, government and corporations, who are all helping to bring the new quantum age of computing a reality for this generation, and many beyond. I couldn’t be more honoured to accept this award with all of them in mind,” she said.

 

Video courtesy of Department of Industry, Science and Resources.

In what has been a huge evening in science for the Centre’s leaders, The Australian National University Professor Lui was honoured with the Professor Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year.

Awarded for exceptional achievement in physical science that benefits, or has the potential to benefit, human welfare or society, the Professor Malcolm McIntosh Prize recognises Larry’s research, the first experimental discovery of interlayer exciton pairs which can help to unravel the phenomenon of superfluidity. This discovery is paving the way for new electronic devices which are more energy efficient and faster.

“It is a great honour to receive the Professor Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year. This prize will continue to inspire me and young scientists to think big and address challenges for the future” he said.

Video courtesy of Department of Industry, Science and Resources.

The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science are Australia’s most prestigious awards for outstanding achievements in scientific research, research-based innovation and science teaching.

This is a momentous occasion for CQC2T, we take immense pride in witnessing two of our esteemed Chief Investigators acknowledged among the best in the nation.

Read more about the annual Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science.