Raymond Laflamme named APS Fellow

One of Perimeter's founding members has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

For his pioneering contributions to quantum information science, Associate Faculty member Raymond Laflamme was recently named a Fellow of the American Physical Society. The selection committee recognized Laflamme “for his visionary leadership in the field of quantum information science, and for his numerous fundamental contributions to the theoretical foundations and practical implementation of quantum information processing, especially quantum error correction and linear optical quantum computing.” The American Physical Society is the world’s second-largest association of physicists, and publishes more than a dozen scientific journals, including Physical Review and Physical Review Letters. Laflamme is a founding member of Perimeter Institute. He earned his PhD in cosmology and general relativity from the University of Cambridge under the direction of Stephen Hawking. Before moving to Perimeter, Laflamme worked as a research scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where his interests shifted from cosmology to quantum computing. He is jointly appointed with the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo, where he is the founding Director. Laflamme is also the Director of QuantumWorks, Canada’s national research consortium on quantum information science, and has been Director of the Quantum Information program at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) since 2003, and a CIFAR Fellow since 2001. He holds the Canada Research Chair in Quantum Information and is a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo. “It is a great honour to be named an APS fellow, and I am delighted that my work has been recognized by the scientific community of the American Physical Society,” said Laflamme. “But such work would not be possible without the vital collaborations I’ve had with colleagues including the faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and students at IQC, Perimeter Institute, the University of Waterloo, and abroad.”

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