Australian of the year named as quantum physicist Michelle Yvonne Simmons

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The quantum physicist Prof Michelle Yvonne Simmons has been named the 2018 Australian of the year for her pioneering work in the field of quantum computing.

At an awards ceremony on Thursday, Simmons was praised for world-leading research that could result in the first working quantum computer – a machine that performs calculations using subatomic particles rather than components of classic computing.

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