Artur is the Director of the Centre for Quantum Technologies and Lee Kong Chian Centennial Professor at the National University of Singapore. He is also a Professor of Quantum Physics at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, UK. His main research interest is information processing in quantum systems. Artur is a co-inventor of quantum cryptography, which uses the fundamental laws of physics to guarantee perfectly secure communication. He has worked, communicated with and advised several companies and government agencies. He is a recipient of several awards, including the 1995 Maxwell Medal and Prize by the Institute of Physics and the 2007 Royal Society Hughes Medal. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2016. In his non-academic life he is an avid scuba diver.
Chad is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Union College, and he writes books about science for non-scientists. He has a BA in physics from Williams College and a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the University of Maryland, College Park (studying laser cooling at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the lab of Bill Phillips, who shared the 1997 Nobel in Physics). He was a post-doc at Yale, and has been at Union since 2001. Chad's books How to Teach Physics to Your Dog and How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog explain modern physics through imaginary conversations with his German Shepherd. His most recent books are Eureka: Discovering Your Inner Scientist and Breakfast with Einstein: The Exotic Physics of Everyday Objects. He lives in Niskayuna, NY with his wife, Kate Nepveu, and their two kids. Photo credit: Ryan Lash
George Musser is a contributing editor for Scientific American magazine and author of two books on fundamental physics, Spooky Action at a Distance and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to String Theory. He was a writer-in-residence at the Centre for Quantum Technologies in 2011. He has won numerous awards, including the 2011 Science Writing Award from the American Institute of Physics and, with his Scientific American colleagues, U.S. National Magazine Awards in 2002 and 2011.
Ingrid Jendrzejewski serves as Co-director of National Flash Fiction Day (UK), Editor in Chief of FlashBack Fiction and Flash Flood, and a flash editor at JMWW. She studied creative writing and English literature at the University of Evansville, then physics at the University of Cambridge. Her work has been published in places like Best Small Fictions, Passages North, The Los Angeles Review, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine. She has won various flash competitions such as the Bath Flash Fiction Award, the A Room Of Her Own Foundation’s Orlando Prize, and the Institute of Physics (UK)’s 2017 Flash Competition. Her short collection Things I Dream About When I'm Not Sleeping was a runner up for BFFA’s first Novella-in-Flash competition. Links to some of Ingrid’s work can be found at www.ingridj.com and she tweets @LunchOnTuesday.
Lindy is a senior lecturer in science communication at the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS), the Australian National University. She has published extensively on representations of science in fiction, including in Springer’s Encyclopedia of Science Education and international journals such as Sex Roles, Public Understanding of Science, and Journal of Popular Television. In 2013 she edited the book Doctor Who and Race (Intellect), which included a group of essays on links between race and science in Doctor Who, and with Marcus Harmes she is co-editor of the forthcoming volume Doctor Who and Science (McFarland, projected 2020/21). In 2010 she pioneered CPAS’s undergraduate and postgraduate course ‘Science in Popular Fiction’ and taught it from 2010-2017, being awarded the 2013 ANU Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence partly on its basis. Find out more at her work and personal websites.
Mariia is a software engineer on the Microsoft Quantum Systems team. Microsoft Quantum is building a full-stack open cloud quantum ecosystem, bringing together experts and learners around the world. Mariia drives the education and outreach work in her team, figuring out new efficient ways to help people learn quantum computing and get started with Microsoft Quantum Development Kit. In her spare time Mariia organizes programming competitions, creates puzzles and writes fairy tales in Russian, and is an avid fiction reader.
Michael, who holds a PhD in quantum physics, is an author, journalist and broadcaster. He is a consultant at New Scientist and the author of numerous books including The Quantum Astrologer’s Handbook, Hollywood Wants to Kill You and the bestselling non-fiction title 13 Things That Don't Make Sense. He co-hosts the award-winning podcast Science(ish), which delves into the science behind popular culture.
Yvonne is an experimental physicist in Singapore developing state-of-the-art hardware for quantum information processing. She has been named in MIT Technology Review’s TR35 Innovators Under 35 Asia list for 2020 and awarded the Singapore National Research Foundation Fellowship (Class of 2020). Yvonne earned her doctorate at Yale University, where she worked on constructing the crucial building blocks of quantum computers using superconducting microwave circuits. She earlier graduated with First Class Honours in Physics from the University of Oxford. She returned to Singapore in 2018 to be part of the A*STAR Quantum Technologies for Engineering (QTE) programme, where she works on developing the key experimental capabilities needed to build robust quantum devices. Outside the lab, Yvonne plays an active role in the quantum ecosystem through public talks, popular science writing, and community-building events.