Prize Recipient

Irfan Siddiqi

Irfan Siddiqi
University of California, Berkeley


"For fundamental advances in superconducting parametric amplifiers, including the development of the Josephson traveling wave parametric amplifier, and for their application to quantum measurement and control."


Irfan Siddiqi is a Professor of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley, and a faculty
scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). He is the director of the Quantum
Systems Accelerator (, a
US Department of Energy funded national research center, and the Advanced Quantum Testbed
at LBNL ( that focuses on state-of-the-art superconducting quantum
computing technologies. Siddiqi’s research has focused on high-fidelity readout of
superconducting quantum bits, quantum simulation & computation, quantum feedback, quantum
trajectories, squeezing and measurement limits, and near-quantum-limited microwave frequency
amplification. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and a recipient of its
George E. Valley prize (2006). He received the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award in
2016--the institution’s most prestigious honor for teaching and continued commitment to
pedagogy. Siddiqi received his A.B. in Chemistry & Physics from Harvard University in 1997,
and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Yale University in 2002.

Selection Committee:

2021 Selection Committee Members: Charles Agosta (Chair), Zahid Hussain ('19 Keithley Recipient), Fedor Balakirev, Chris Jacobsen, Zahir Islam