Professor, Chemistry; Canada Excellence Research Chair in Quantum Information

Research interests: spin-based quantum information processors; NMR entanglement assisted metrology


Professor David Cory is a leading global innovator in experimental quantum physics and quantum engineering. His work has already had a range of applications, from the medical field to the oil industry. His past research has largely involved exploring the challenges of building spin-based examples of quantum processors.

Before accepting his Canada Excellence Research Chair at the University of Waterloo, Cory was Professor of nuclear engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he made significant breakthroughs in quantum information processing and other fields by advancing nuclear magnetic resonance methods. He is also a visiting researcher at Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, and is chair of the advisory committee for the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

Cory holds a PhD in physical chemistry from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. He also held two postdoctoral fellowships, through which he developed instrumentation and methods for magnetic resonance and imaging of solids. He held the first at the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and the second as a National Research Council fellow at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C.


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

David Cory

    University of Waterloo