Two Perimeter researchers elected as APS Fellows

Two Perimeter researchers have been elected as Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS): Faculty member Daniel Gottesman and Senior Researcher Christopher Fuchs.

The selection committee recognized Gottesman "for his pioneering theoretical work on quantum computation and cryptography, in particular laying the foundations of quantum error correction and rigorously extending the theory of fault tolerant quantum computation." "Daniel’s research career has been exceptional from the beginning. His graduate work on quantum error correction and the 'stabilizer formalism' provided a framework for error correcting codes that have been in use ever since," said Perimeter Director Neil Turok. "He was the first faculty member in quantum information at Perimeter and, under his leadership, it has become one of the distinctive, world-leading strands of research conducted here and at our partner institute, the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo." After his early work on quantum error correction and fault tolerance helped establish the feasibility of quantum computation, Gottesman has continued to make seminal contributions to quantum information science – in particular, concerning the theory of fault tolerance, quantum cryptography, and computational complexity. His work has even gone beyond quantum information science to produce results of significance to quantum foundations, astronomical optics, and condensed matter physics. Gottesman was one of Perimeter’s first faculty members, joining in 2002 after postdoctoral positions at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Microsoft Research, and the University of California, Berkeley (as a long-term Clay Mathematics Institute Prize Fellow). He received his PhD in 1997 from the California Institute of Technology, under the supervision of John Preskill. Gottesman has published over 40 papers, which have attracted well over 4,000 citations to date. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo and a Fellow of the Quantum Information Processing program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR). The APS recognized Fuchs "for powerful theorems and lucid expositions that have expanded our understanding of quantum foundations, through his illuminating reformulation of the view that quantum states are states of knowledge, merging the Copenhagen interpretation with the interpretation of probabilities as degrees of belief." Fuchs’ research includes results of significance to quantum foundations, quantum information, and quantum cryptography. Fuchs joined Perimeter in 2007 after seven years at Bell Labs in New Jersey. He received his PhD in 1996 from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Montreal, California Institute of Technology, and Los Alamos National Laboratory. Fuchs has published 75 papers and one book, which have attracted over 7,000 citations to date, and his paper on "Unconditional Quantum Teleportation" was named as one of Science's top ten "breakthroughs of the year" for 1998. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo and the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and he won the International Quantum Communication Award in 2010. Gottesman and Fuchs join five other Perimeter researchers as APS Fellows: Senior Researcher Rafael Sorkin (1999), BMO Financial Group Isaac Newton Chair Xiao-Gang Wen (2002), Faculty member Lee Smolin (2007), Faculty member Luis Lehner (2010), and Associate Faculty member Raymond Laflamme (2011).

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