Graeme Smith

Faculty, Associate Professor

Graeme Smith

Graeme Smith is researches quantum information theory and is working to understand the fundamental limits of information storage, transmission, and processing. Smith studies these questions with the tools of quantum Shannon theory. He has more recently developed an interest in quantum metrology.  

Smith is interested in understanding the fundamental aspects of quantum theory, and has made contributions to the mathematical foundations of the field. 

Prior to joining IQC and the Department of Applied Mathematics in 2023, he was a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder and a fellow of JILA, a joint institute of University Colorado Boulder and NIST. Prior to academia, Smith worked as a research staff member at IBM for six years. He was a postdoctoral fellow at both IBM and the University of Bristol, and received his PhD from the California Institute of Technology in 2006.


  • PhD, California Institute of Technology, 2006 
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Toronto, 2001 

Awards & Honours

  • Dulwich Quantum Computing Quantum Party Pooper Award, 2023 
  • National Science Foundation Career Award, 2017 

Major Positions

Title Location When

Associate Professor 

Institute for Quantum Computing 

2023 - present 

Assistant then Associate Professor of Physics  
and JILA Fellow 

University of Colorado Boulder 

2016 – 2023 

Research Staff Member 


2010 – 2016 

Postdoctoral Fellow 


2007 – 2010 

Postdoctoral Fellow 

University of Bristol 

2006 – 2007