David Cory

Faculty, Professor, Canada Excellence Research Chair Laureate
David Cory

David Cory is a physical chemist working to develop quantum devices for sensing and computation.  Earlier sensors have found applications in fields as varied as cancer diagnostics, materials processing for tires, improved sensitivity for oil exploration, and a sensor for dark matter searches.  Two startups recently spun out of the lab develop quantum sensors with medical, biochemical and materials applications.

He held the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Quantum Information Processing and is currently the principal investigator for the Canada First Research Excellence Fund in Transformative Quantum Technologies.

Current projects and research expertise

  • Magnetic resonance and its applications
  • Spin-based quantum information processors
  • Quantum complexity
  • Neutron interferometry


  • CFREF Transformative Quantum Technologies

  • Canada Excellence Research Chair Laureate, Quantum Information Processing

  • Cross-appointed, University of Waterloo Department of Physics and Astronomy, Department of Applied Math, and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


  • PhD, Case Western Reserve University, 1987
  • BA, Case Western Reserve University, 1981

Awards & honours

Major positions

Title Location When
Professor of Chemistry University of Waterloo June 2010-present
Associate Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physica June 2010-2021
Chair, Advisory Committee Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Quantum Information Processing Program 2006-present
Professor Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1992-2010