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Professor of Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, and Physics & Astronomy, University of Southern California

Daniel Lidar holds the Viterbi Professorship in Engineering and is a Professor of Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, and Physics & Astronomy at USC, where he has been since July 2005. He received a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1997. He was a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley from 1997 to 2000. In 2000 he joined the faculty at the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor of Theoretical Chemistry with cross appointments in Physics and Mathematics, and was promoted with tenure to the rank of Associate Professor in 2004. His research focuses on the control of quantum systems, with a particular emphasis on quantum information processing and computation.

Lidar is the founding and current Director of the USC Center for Quantum Information Science & Technology, and the co-Director of the USC-Lockheed Martin Quantum Computing Center. He is the recipient of a number of awards and honors, including Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Top Twenty Researchers under Age 40 (2002), Sloan Foundation Research Fellow (2003), Outstanding Referee of the American Physical Society (2009), John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Guggenheim Fellowship (2017), and California Institute of Technology Moore Distinguished Scholar in Physics (2017). He is an elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS, 2007), the American Association of Advancement of Sciences (AAAS, 2012), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE, 2014). He served a term as the Chair of the American Physical Society Topical Group on Quantum Information.

Lidar is the author or co-author of more than 250 technical research articles and holds six patents.


  • –present
    Professor of Electrical Engineering Systems, Chemistry, and Physics and Astronomy, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences