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Laurent Freidel (PhD L’École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, 1994) joined Perimeter Institute
in September 2006. Freidel is a mathematical physicist who has made many notable
contributions in the field of quantum gravity; he possesses outstanding knowledge of a
wide range of areas including integrable systems, topological field theories, 2d conformal
field theory and quantum chromodynamics. Freidel has held positions at Pennsylvania State
University and L’École Normale and has been a member of France’s Centre National de la
Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) since 1995. Freidel is also the recipient of several awards
including two ACI-Blanche grants in France.
Jaume Gomis (PhD Rutgers, 1999) joined Perimeter Institute in 2004, declining a European
Young Investigator Award by the European Science Foundation to do so. Prior to that,
he worked at the California Institute of Technology as a Postdoctoral Scholar and as the
Sherman Fairchild Senior Research Fellow. His main areas of expertise are string theory and
quantum field theory. In 2009, Gomis was awarded an Early Researcher Award for a project
aimed at developing new techniques for describing quantum phenomena in nuclear and
particle physics.
Daniel Gottesman (PhD Caltech, 1997) joined Perimeter’s faculty in 2002. From 1997 to
2002, he held postdoctoral positions at Los Alamos National Lab, Microsoft Research, and
UC Berkeley (as a long-term CMI Prize Fellow for the Clay Mathematics Institute). Gottesman
has made seminal contributions which continue to shape the field of quantum information
science through his work on quantum error correction and quantum cryptography. He has
published over 40 papers, which have attracted well over 3,500 citations to date. He is also a
Fellow in CIFAR’s Quantum Information Processing program.
Lucien Hardy (PhD Durham University, 1992) joined Perimeter as a Faculty member in 2002,
having previously held research and lecturing positions at various European universities
including the University of Oxford, La Sapienza University, the University of Durham, the
University of Innsbruck, and the National University of Ireland. In 1992, he found a very simple
proof of non-locality in quantum theory which has become known as Hardy’s theorem. He
currently works on characterizing quantum theory in terms of operational postulates and
applying the insights obtained to the problem of quantum gravity.
Fotini Markopoulou (PhD Imperial College London, 1998) joined the Institute as one of its
first Faculty members in 2001, prior to which she held postdoctoral positions at the Albert
Einstein Institute (2000-2001), Imperial College London (1999-2000), and Pennsylvania
State University (1997-1999). Markopoulou is a past recipient of First Prize in the Science
and Ultimate Reality Young Researchers Competition in honour of J. A. Wheeler (2001). She
currently holds an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers at the
Albert Einstein Institute in Germany.
Robert Myers (PhD Princeton, 1986) is one of the leading theoretical physicists working in
string theory in Canada. After attaining his PhD, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the
(now) Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
He moved to McGill University in 1989, where he was a Professor of Physics until moving
to Perimeter Institute in 2001. Among Myers’ many honours, he received the Herzberg
Medal in 1999 for seminal contributions to our understanding of black hole microphysics
and D-branes, won the 2005 CAP-CRM Prize, and is a Fellow of the Cosmology and Gravity
program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR).