Matthew Fisher

Are we quantum computers, or merely clever robots?


Biographical Sketch

Matthew Fisher received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1986, and went on to become first a Visiting Scientist and then a Research Staff Member at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center (1986-1993). Matthew joined the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics and the Physics Department of the University of California in 1993.  In 2007 he joined Microsoft's Station Q as a research physicist, on leave from the UCSB physics department. During the academic year 2009-2010 Matthew was on the faculty at Caltech, returning to the physics department at UCSB in summer 2010. In 1995, Fisher received the Alan T. Waterman Award bestowed by the National Science Foundation, and has also been the recipient of the National Academy of Sciences Award for Initiatives in Research (1997). He was elected as a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003 and to the National Academy of Sciences in 2012.