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Francesco Petruccione

Francesco Petruccione was born in 1961 in Genova (Italy). He studied Physics at the University of Freiburg i. Br. and received his PhD in 1988. He was conferred the “Habilitation” degree (Dr. rer. nat. habil.) from the same University in 1994. In 2004 he was appointed Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, in Durban (South Africa). In 2005 he was awarded an Innovation Fund grant to set up a Centre for Quantum Technology. In 2007 he was granted a South African Research Chair for Quantum Information Processing and Communication. At present, he is also one of the Deputy Directors of the National Institute for Theoretical Physics, an Adjoint Professor at the Korean Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (KAIST) and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Big Data and Informatics of UKZN.

He has published more than 190 papers in refereed scientific journals. He is the co-author of a monograph on “The Theory of Open Quantum Systems" (about 6000 citations according to Google Scholar), that was published in 2002, reprinted as a paperback in 2007, and recently translated in Russian. Recently, he co-authored a monograph "Supervised Learning with Quantum Computers". He is a member of the Editorial Board of "Open Systems and Information Dynamics", "Scientific Reports", and Quantum Machine Intelligence". He is the editor of several proceedings volumes and of special editions of scientific journals.


  • –present
    Professor, University of KwaZulu-Natal


  • 1988 
    University of Freiburg (Germany), Physics

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation


Academy of Since of South Africa, Royal Society of South Africa, Fellow of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.