Richard Cleve

Faculty, Professor

Richard Cleve

Richard Cleve received his PhD from the University of Toronto in 1989, specializing in computational complexity and cryptography.

He was a postdoctoral fellow at Berkeley's International Computer Science Institute from 1988 to 1990, after which he became a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Calgary.

In 1994 he became interested in quantum information processing, and since that time he has made several contributions to quantum algorithms and information theory. In particular, he played a major role in the development of quantum communication complexity.<--break->

Since August 2004, he is a Professor in the School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo, where he holds the Institute of Quantum Computing (IQC) Chair in Quantum Computing.

Research expertise

  • Quantum information theory
  • Structure of quantum algorithms
  • Quantum communication complexity theory


  • PhD in Computer Science, University of Toronto, 1989
  • Masters of Pure Mathematics, University of Waterloo, 1984
  • Bachelor of Pure Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Waterloo, 1983

Awards & honours

  • Canadian Association of Physicists/Centre de recherches mathematiques (CAP/CRM) Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics, 2008
  • Founding Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) program on Quantum Information Processing (2002–present)

Major positions

Title Location When
Professor Institute for Quantum Computing and David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo 2004-present
IQC Chair David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo 2004-present
Associate Member Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics 2005-present
Founding Managing Editor Quantum Information & Computation, Rinton Press 2001-present
Professor Computer Science Department, University of Calgary 2000-2005