The prestigious Bakerian Medal and Lecture 2022 has been awarded to Professor Michelle Simmons from the School Physics UNSW for her seminal contributions to the understanding of nature at the atomic-scale, specifically by creating a sequence of world-first quantum electronic devices in which individual atoms control device behaviour.
Professor Simmons is a Laureate Fellow & Director of the Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology. She has pioneered unique technologies to build electronic devices at the atomic scale, pushing the boundaries of global research in classical computing and opening up the prospect of developing a silicon-based quantum computer: a powerful new form of computing with the potential to transform information processing.
Professor Simmons will be awarded a medal and a gift of £10,000 at the Royal Society at a future date.
The Bakerian Medal and Lecture is the premier lecture in physical sciences. The lectureship was established through a bequest by Henry Baker FRS (PDF) of £100 for 'an oration or discourse on such part of natural history or experimental philosophy, at such time and in such manner as the President and Council of the Society for the time being shall please to order and appoint'. The lecture series began in 1775. The medal is of silver gilt, is awarded annually and is accompanied by a gift of £10,000.