Prof Andrew White heads the Quantum Technology Laboratory at the University of Queensland, which he founded in 1999.
Currently he is Deputy-Director of the Australian Research Council Centre for Engineered Quantum Systems, and a Program Manager in the ARC Centre for Quantum Computing and Communication Technology.
Before returning to Australia, he was a Postdoctoral Scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory (1997-1999), where his discoveries include that there can be more than enough snow to hide a cactus, but not nearly enough to prevent amusing your friends when you sit down.
Over the years he has conducted research on various topics including shrimp eyes, nuclear physics, optical vortices, and quantum computers.
He likes quantum weirdness for its own sake, but his current research aims to explore and exploit the full range of quantum behaviours—notably entanglement—with an eye to engineering new technologies and scientific applications.
Australian Academy of Science Pawsey Medal, Australian Research Council Federation Fellow, Fellow of the American Physical Society, Fellow of the Optical Society of America