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Perimeter quantum matter scientist wins Early Researcher Award

The $140,000 Ontario grant will fuel the research of Perimeter Faculty member Timothy Hsieh.

Perimeter Faculty member Timothy Hsieh has been honoured with an Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

The grant of $140,000 will help Hsieh advance his research, which bridges theory and experiment at the forefront of quantum matter. Specifically, ERA funding is intended to help young scientists like Hsieh build their research teams of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research assistants, and associates.

The goal of the program is to improve Ontario’s ability to attract and retain the best and brightest research talent from around the world.

Hsieh, who is a researcher at Perimeter’s Clay Riddell Centre for Quantum Matter, is interested in quantum simulation and quantum materials broadly – and particularly in artificially created quantum materials, which give researchers more control and power over quantum effects, and better ways of encoding quantum information.

“Tim is an outstanding young physicist,” says Perimeter’s Director Robert Myers. “His research bridges theory and experiment and pulls together ideas from different subfields. Tim is certainly pushing the study of quantum matter in exciting new directions.

“Supporting fundamental research by scientists like Tim requires vision, but the long-term dividends for science and society can be tremendous,” said Myers. “We are grateful that the Province of Ontario has made it a priority to support and encourage exceptional young scientists through the Early Researcher Awards program.”

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Perimeter Institute is the world’s largest research hub devoted to theoretical physics. The independent Institute was founded in 1999 to foster breakthroughs in the fundamental understanding of our universe, from the smallest particles to the entire cosmos. Research at Perimeter is motivated by the understanding that fundamental science advances human knowledge and catalyzes innovation, and that today’s theoretical physics is tomorrow’s technology. Located in the Region of Waterloo, the not-for-profit Institute is a unique public-private endeavour, including the Governments of Ontario and Canada, that enables cutting-edge research, trains the next generation of scientific pioneers, and shares the power of physics through award-winning educational outreach and public engagement. 

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