I was born and raised in the UK where I was lucky enough to have a decent education, a roof over my head and food in my belly. I was taught the most useful things I know at Wodensfield Primary School, Wolverhampton: play nicely with others; share what you have; don’t say nasty things and don’t run with scissors. Most other things I learned at King Alfred High School, Somerset. In 2004 after gaining a respectable set of grades I went to read for a physics degree at The University of Warwick. I rowed, climbed and danced through four years of intense study at Warwick, made some lifelong friendships and finally left with paper in a tube.
In 2008 I made my way to Australia to study for a PhD in experimental quantum physics. I carried out cutting edge research at The University of Queensland with almost a dozen others, known collectively as the Quantum Technology Lab. We worked together to solve problems and invent new ones all in the name of our ultimate goal: to build an optical quantum computer.
Upon graduating I transitioned into solid-state physics and moved to The University of New South Wales in a bid to broaden my horizons scientifically. Here, we manipulated single phosphorus atoms inside a silicon substrate to perform quantum operations on individual electron particles, in essence we were operating at the very limit of electronic capabilities. The work I did in the Atomic Fabrication Facility taught me a lot about solid-state physics and by the end of my time here we had learned a lot about the ultimate limitations of this approach for building a quantum computer.
In 2016 I moved to the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen.
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