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World Leading Scientist to Present Inaugural Lecture at UCC

29 May 2019

One of the world’s leading scientists will give an inaugural public lecture on the emerging second quantum revolution next week (Thursday, 6 June) at University College Cork (UCC).

Relatively soon we will reach the limit of computing power attainable by conventional technology and, to progress further, it is expected that we will have to employ quantum technology (QT).

Professor Séamus Davis in his inaugural lecture at UCC, will outline how, globally, intensive investing is occurring in a race to achieve QT dominance. Professor Davis will illustrate how the emerging second quantum revolution promises truly transformative advances in science, industry, economy, and society.

Professor Davis will in particular describe the development of several innovative techniques that allow perception of atomic, electronic and magnetic quantum matter, and show how to use them to visually and acoustically explore previously unseen and unheard quantum states. Finally, he will explore the implications of the capability to visualise quantum matter for fundamental physics research, and for emerging quantum technologies.

For the past 10 years Professor Davis was the James Gilbert White Distinguished Professor of Physical Sciences at Cornell University and Senior Physicist at DOE’s
Brookhaven National Laboratory before joining UCC in a joint appointment with Oxford University. Professor Davis' world leading joint research agenda is at the frontier of
the second quantum revolution.

A native of Skibbereen, Professor Davis is looking forward to the lecture. “If you are interested in the frontiers of science, if science has tweaked your interest in the classroom or if you wish to see what is on the horizon in how our world will change, I encourage you to come along.”

Professor John McInerney, Head of the Department of Physics and Dean of Scienceat UCC, welcomed Professor Davis back to UCC, “Séamus is simply a world leader inthis field. This is extraordinary science and this lecture is a unique opportunity for an insight into frontier research.”

Obtaining a BSc in Physics at UCC in 1983, Prof. Davis would go on to become a global leader in the field of Quantum Matter. He is a Fellow of the prestigious US National Academy of Sciences. In 2005 he was awarded the Fritz London Memorial Prize, the greatest honour in low-temperature physics, and in 2009 he was awarded the Kamerlingh Onnes Prize, named for the Nobel Laureate who discovered superconductivity. In 2016 he was a recipient of the prestigious Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal. Professor Davis's new research program at UCC is supported by SFI through its Research Professorship programme and an Infrastructure Award.

Professor Davis’ public lecture occurs on Thursday 6 June 2019 at 6pm in the Aula Maxima, UCC. To register email

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Room 213 (Physics Office), 2nd floor, Kane Science Building, University College Cork, Ireland.,