Today the National Academy of Sciences announced the election of 120 members and 23 international members in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. One of these is QuTech researcher David DiVincenzo. Membership is a mark of excellence in science and is considered an honor for scientists.
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a private, non-profit society of distinguished scholars. Signed by President Abraham Lincoln, the NAS is charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology. Scientists are elected by their peers to membership in the NAS for outstanding contributions to research. The NAS is committed to furthering science in America, and its members are active contributors to the international scientific community. Those elected today bring the total number of active members to 2,565 and the total number of international members to 526. International members are nonvoting members of the Academy, with citizenship outside the United States.
David DiVincenzo, a prominent American theoretical physicist, currently holds dual positions as a professor in the EEMCS Department at TU Delft and a staff member at QuTech since 2017. His primary role is as the Director of Theoretical Nanoelectronics at Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany. DiVincenzo earned his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983 and went on to work as a postdoctoral researcher at Cornell University before joining the research staff at IBM Watson Research Center in New York.
In 2010, he received the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Professorship, leading him to join RWTH Aachen University’s Institute of Theoretical Quantum Information as a professor. He also serves as the director of the Peter Grünberg Institute. DiVincenzo is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (since 1999) and an Associate Editor for the Reviews of Modern Physics (since 2011).
Widely recognized as one of the pioneers in quantum information research, DiVincenzo is a leading expert in quantum information processing. He is best known for developing the key criteria for building a quantum computer, called the DiVincenzo Criteria, and for co-creating the Loss-DiVincenzo approach to solid-state spin-based qubits.