UBC Physics and Astronomy Faculty and Principle Investigator at Blussson QMI, Professor Robert Raussendorf, is among the six new international researchers selected for a 2023 Humboldt Professorship, which is Germany’s most valuable research award.

The Professorships come with up to €5 million in funding from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and are financed by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research. 

Prof. Raussendorf is a highly acclaimed and influential expert on the fundamentals of quantum information. He is recognized worldwide as the inventor of the one-way or measurement-based quantum computer.

Image: Dr. Robert Raussendorf, Blusson QMI Principal Investigator and Professor at UBC’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. Image courtesy of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

This award invites Robert to Leibniz University in Summer 2023 to work in collaboration with other leading experts towards the creation of a marketable and competitive German quantum computer: specifically, a “scalable, fault-tolerant quantum computer based on ion traps by 2025”.

Prof. Raussendorf was born in Germany and completed his doctorate at LMU Munich in 2003. He then became a postdoc at Caltech (California Institute of Technology), Pasadena, United States, and subsequently moved to the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Canada. He continued his academic career at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where he was appointed assistant professor in 2008, associate professor in 2013 and full professor in 2021. 

In 2009, he was a Sloan Research Fellow – a program that recognizes outstanding junior researchers who have the potential to revolutionize their specialist areas. He was awarded the CAP-CRM Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics by the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) and the Université de Montréal’s Centre de Recherches Mathématiques (CRM) in 2021.

Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables more than 2,000 researchers from all over the world to spend time conducting research in Germany. The Foundation maintains an interdisciplinary network of well over 30,000 Humboldtians in more than 140 countries around the world – including 59 Nobel Prize winners.


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