Prof. Isaac Chuang is a pioneer in the field of quantum information science. His experimental realization of two, three, five, and seven quantum bit quantum computers using nuclear spins in molecules provided the first laboratory demonstrations of many important quantum algorithms, including Shor’s quantum factoring algorithm. The error correction, algorithmic cooling, and entanglement manipulation techniques he developed provide new ways to obtain complete quantum control over light and matter, and lay a foundation for possible large-scale quantum information processing systems.
Prof. Chuang came to MIT in 2000 from IBM, where he was a research staff member. He received his doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University, where he was a Hertz Foundation Fellow. He also received a bachelor’s degree in physics and both bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical engineering, all from MIT. He was a post-doctoral fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author, together with Michael Nielsen, of the textbook Quantum Computation and Quantum Information (2011).