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Leighton Hall UNSW Kensington

The Einstein Lecture: The Quantum Computing Revolution

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The 2018 Australian of the Year is quantum physicist Michelle Simmons, whose work has been heralded as launching Australia into “the space race of the computing era.”

Since arriving in Australia from Britain in 1999, Professor Simmons’ work at the University of NSW quantum physics department has helped develop leading technology on a global scale.

Five years ago, Professor Simmons and her team developed the world’s first transistor made from a single atom, as well as the world’s thinnest wire.

Now she is looking to build a quantum computer capable of solving problems in minutes, which would otherwise take thousands of years.