Prize Recipient

Fernando Brandao

Fernando Brandao
California Institute of Technology, Amazon Web Services


"For outstanding achievements in entanglement theory and in the intersection of quantum computation, quantum thermodynamics, and quantum many-body physics."


Fernando Brandao obtained his BSc in Physics at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in 2005 and his PhD in Physics at Imperial College London in 2008. After postdoctoral positions at Imperial College, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais and ETH Zurich, Fernando became a lecturer in computer science at University College London (2013-2015) and then a researcher at Microsoft (2015-2016). Since 2016, Fernando is the Bren Professor of Theoretical Physics at Caltech. He was a Google Visiting Faculty (2018-2019) and is currently an Amazon Scholar. Fernando's main research interests are quantum computation and quantum information theory, in particular entanglement theory and the intersection of quantum computation, quantum many-body physics, and quantum thermodynamics. For his PhD work Fernando was awarded the best thesis prizes from both the European Physics Society and the Institute of Physics. He was awarded the 2013 Quantum Information Young Investigator Award.

Selection Committee:

2020 Selection Committee Members: Ken Brown (Chair) Duke University, Alexandre Blais - Sherbrooke, Jay Gambetta - IBM, Steve Girvin - Yale