(Microsoft.Cloudblog.Quantum) The Danish Society for the Dissemination of Natural Science has announced that Charlie Marcus, the Director of the Microsoft Quantum Lab in Copenhagen and Villum Kann Rasmussen Professor at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen, is being awarded the H.C. Ørsted Gold Medal.
Charlie is the first non-Dane to receive the award, which coincides this year with the 200th anniversary of Ørsted’s discovery that an electrical current generates a magnetic field. As the Director of the Microsoft Quantum Lab in Copenhagen, he has been a pioneer of topological quantum computation with superconductor-semiconductor hybrid devices. Over the course of his career, which has spanned professorships at Stanford, Harvard, and Copenhagen University, he has conducted seminal investigations of mesoscopic quantum physics—the quantum properties of semiconductor devices at length scales between a nanometer and a micrometer.
Charlie and his collaborators have done seminal work on both spin qubits and superconducting qubits, before gravitating towards topological qubits and helping to launch Microsoft’s Quantum Program, initially as a consultant and academic collaborator, beginning 15 years ago, and then as a Microsoft employee since 2016.