Faculty, Professor

Christopher Wilson

Christopher Wilson joined the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) in 2012 as an Associate Professor with the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. Currently, he is a cross-appointed professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

<--break->He received his BS in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1996. There he performed undergraduate research on the role of nonlinear dynamics in the nervous system. He received his PhD in Physics from Yale University in 2002. His dissertation focused on the development of single-photon spectrometers using superconducting tunnel junctions.

He then worked at Yale as the W.M. Keck Postdoctoral Fellow performing research on quantum computation and information processing using superconducting single-electronics. In 2004, he moved to Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, later becoming an Assistant Professor in 2007 and an Associate Professor in 2011. At the University of Waterloo, he plans to continue his work on quantum information, microwave quantum optics and nonlinear dynamics.

Wilson was featured in 2012 in a career profile in Nature: Turning Point: Christopher Wilson


For a list of Professor Wilson's publications please visit: scholar.google.ca/citations?user=JAQqCMwAAAAJ&hl=en

Research expertise

  • Microwave quantum optics
  • Quantum memories and interfaces
  • Circuit quantum electrodynamics
  • Nonlinear dynamics


  • PhD in Physics, Yale University, 2002
  • BS in Physics, MIT, 1996

Awards & honours

  • Wallmark Prize for 2012 awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy for work on dynamical Casimir effect
  • Work on DCE named Top 5 Breakthrough of 2011 by Physics World
  • Work on DCE named #1 Reader's Choice on Nature News
  • W.M. Keck Postdoctoral Fellow
  • NASA Graduate Student Fellowship (3 years)
  • Gibbs Fellowship, Yale University

Major Positions

Title Location When
Professor IQC and Electrical & Computer Engineering, cross-appointed in Physics & Astronomy, University of Waterloo 2017-present
Associate Professor Cross-appoint in Physics & Astronomy, University of Waterloo 2013-2017
Associate Professor IQC and Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo 2012-2017
Associate Professor Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden 2011-2012
Assistant Professor Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden 2007-2011
University of Waterloo
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