Professor Simmons is an ARC Laureate Fellow & Director of the highly successful ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology. She has pioneered unique technologies internationally to build electronic devices in silicon at the atomic scale, including the world’s smallest transistor, the narrowest conducting wires and the first transistor where a single atom controls its operation. This work opens up the prospect of developing a silicon-based quantum computer: a powerful new form of computing with the potential to transform information processing. Professor Simmons is one of a hand full of researchers in Australia to have twice received a Federation Fellowship and now a Laureate Fellowship, the Australian Research Council’s most prestigious award of this kind. Following her PhD in solar cells at the University of Durham in the UK in 1992 she became a Research Fellow at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge, UK, working with Professor Sir Michael Pepper FRS in quantum electronics. In 1999, she was awarded a QEII Fellowship and came to Australia. She has won both the Pawsey Medal (2006) and Lyle Medal (2015) from the Australian Academy of Science and was, upon her appointment, one of the youngest fellows of this Academy. She was named Scientist of the Year by the New South Wales Government in 2012 and in 2014 was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has recently become Editor-in-Chief of Nature Quantum Information and was just awarded the CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science.
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