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Quantum physicist and #scicomm advocate Professor Andrea Morello UNSW has been awarded the 2021 AIP NSW award for Community Outreach to Physics.

Prof Morello is an international leader in the field of quantum computing, having published foundational observational studies of the first electron quantum bit, first nuclear quantum bit and nuclear electric resonance in the journal Nature.

He was given the award, however, for being a relentless advocate for physics outreach in Australia.

His achievements include creating popular YouTube video series (with over 10 million views) on explaining quantum computing, building quantum computers and quantum phenomena in everyday life.

Prof Morello has also contributed to several popular science initiatives to engage students and the younger public. These include the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)World Science Festival as well as being featured in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Science ‘elevator’ pitch series.

He has further engaged the fields of visual and literary arts to reach wider audiences. He has developed visual art based on quantum bits and chaos in collaboration with Prof Paul Thomas (UNSW Art & Design). Together with writer Bernard Cohen and funded by Writing NSW, they are assisting NSW schools to develop experiential learning activities that combine science and creative writing.

On the academic front, he also led the development and launch of the world’s first bachelor’s degree in Quantum Engineering at UNSW.

Congratulations Prof Morello and thank you for your passion for physics and tireless work. We look forward to seeing you at our AIP NSW Awards Presentation luncheon at the Concord Golf Club on Friday 3 December 2021 at 12pm.


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