Jean Christian Boileau wins PI's John Brodie Memorial Award

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

The award was established in honour of John Brodie, one of the first postdoctoral researchers at Perimeter institute was presented to J. C. Boileau.

The award was established in honour of John Brodie, one of the first postdoctoral researchers at Perimeter institute. John obtained his doctorate in theoretical physics from Princeton University and then, after a position at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, he joined the fledging Perimeter Institute in 2001.

During his short career, he published sixteen research papers, many of which have proven to be quite influential. His work was notable for its breadth, ranging from non-perturbative effects in supersymmetric gauge theories to string theoretic descriptions of quantum hall fluids and of inflationary cosmology. He was a sharp intellect, a free spirit and a gentle person. This award recognizes in others the creativity and independence which John showed in his research.

JC came to the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) from McGill in 2002 with an NSERC scholarship. He has done work in quantum cryptography and quantum computing using in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. He devised a new protocol to make quantum cryptography robust against collective noise and show adapted proofs of security to that case.JC has outstanding mentorship abilities, having tutored Chris Erven during a fourth-year engineering project in 2004. Chris is now an IQC PhD candidate.

JC received his PhD in the Fall 2007 under Raymond Laflamme. JC is presently the CQIQC Prized Postdoctoral Fellow in Toronto. JC also received a NSERC post-doctoral Fellowship, finishing first amongst the 73 finalists in the Physics and Astronomy candidates.

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