Michelle Simmons

Michelle Simmons

Michelle Simmons, WINNER 2015 Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science

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Australia may win the race to build a revolutionary quantum computer, but UNSW global research leader Michelle Simmons warns that without investment we risk losing the industry offshore.    

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UNSW scientists working on quantum computing, marine science and threatened ecosystems have won three prestigious Australian Museum Eureka Prizes – for leadership, science communication, and environmental research.

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Among UNSW’s stellar Eureka Prize finalists are quantum physicist Michelle Simmons and chemical engineer Rita Henderson, who are both nominated for major leadership awards.

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The Commonwealth Bank has committed $5 million to help UNSW researchers in their world-leading push to build a silicon-based quantum computer.

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Three UNSW researchers have been awarded prestigious Australian Academy of Science medals for their outstanding research in mathematics and quantum physics.

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Six UNSW researchers have the honour of speaking at this year’s Science at the Shine Dome event in Canberra - a three-day gathering held by the Australian Aacademy of Science.

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UNSW has won three of four prizes at the Royal Society of New South Wales awards, including a coveted medal not presented for 20 years.

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Scientia Professor of Physics Michelle Simmons has joined the likes of Stephen Hawking, Albert Einstein and Alexander Graham Bell as an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Physics helps us understand fundamental aspects of the world and underpins much of our advanced technological capability, so it is essential we encourage its study, writes Michelle Simmons. 

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