Michelle Simmons

CEO & Founder of Silicon Quantum Computing | Director of ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology | ARC Laureate Fellow and Scientia Professor | Silicon Quantum Computing | ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology

Michelle Simmons


Michelle Simmons is the CEO and Founder of Silicon Quantum Computing and Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology in Sydney.

She is internationally renowned for creating the field of atomic electronics and for pioneering new technologies to build computing devices in silicon at the atomic scale. Australia is a global leader in quantum computing and Michelle’s team is leading the global race to develop a quantum computer in silicon.
A passionate advocate for STEM education and careers in Australia, Michelle is inspiring the next generation of physicists.

Michelle, has received over 30 globally recognised awards over her career to date. She has been recognised by the American Computer Museum as a pioneer in quantum computing, awarded the US Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology and was named the 2017 L’ORÉAL-UNESCO Asia-Pacific Laureate in the Physical Sciences. In 2018 Professor Simmons was admitted as a Fellow to the Royal Society of London and named Australian of the Year, one of the nation’s pre-eminent awards. She was the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of Nature Quantum Information, Chair of the American Physical Society Division of Quantum Information in 2021 and in 2022 she was awarded the Royal Society’s prestigious Bakerian Medal for seminal contributions to our understanding of nature at the atomic-scale.


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