Daniel Gottesman

Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science (QuICS)
3251 Atlantic Building
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20817

I am the Brin Family Endowed Professor in Theoretical Computer Science at the University of Maryland. I am in the Computer Science department and a member of UMIACS and a QuICS Fellow. I got my Ph.D. at Caltech in 1997, and did postdocs at Los Alamos National Lab and Microsoft Research, after which I served in the UC Berkeley CS department as a Long-Term CMI Prize Fellow with the Clay Mathematics Institute. I then spent 19 years as a faculty member at Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario before moving to Maryland.

Most of my work is in the field of quantum computation and quantum information. I have worked in a number of subfields, particularly quantum error correction, fault-tolerant quantum computation, quantum complexity, and quantum cryptography. I am best known for developing the stabilizer code formalism for creating and describing a large class of quantum codes, and for work on performing quantum gates using quantum teleportation.

I was named to the MIT Technology Review's TR100: Top Young Innovators for 2003 and I am an APS Fellow.



Hobbies and Interests

I am married to Lucy Zhang. We have one son.

Here is a fairy tale I wrote one morning while I was in graduate school: Snow White and the Seven Quarks. It should not be taken to be representative of my own graduate experience.

Read my quantum error correction sonnet.

I was tapped to give an after-dinner speech at the QIP 2002 conference, and spoke about the penetration of quantum computation into popular culture.

Last Updated: Feb. 16, 2024