Professor Michelle Simmons has been announced as the NSW Scientist of the Year. Professor Simmons is the Director of the Australian Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology at UNSW. You can find out a bit more about her here.
From the article:
The Sydney physicist is pioneering the development of quantum computers – super-fast, super-powerful devices that will use the weird quantum properties of atoms to carry out calculations billions of times faster than today’s computers.
Her team at the University of NSW has already built the world’s smallest transistor, by carefully placing seven atoms of phosphorus into a single crystal of silicon.
Congratulations, Professor Simmons!