Quantum Computing, Quantum Biology

Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations
December 01, 2015, Belmont Media Center, Belmont MA

Seth Lloyd, Ph.D., the Nam P.Suh Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Principal Investigator at the MIT Research Laboratory of Electronics; Director of the Center for Extreme Quantum Information Theory (xQIT) at MIT.

Seth Lloyd is internationally renowned for his work in quantum computation, physics of information, and complex systems. He is credited with creating the first viable design for a quantum computer and numerous related innovations. He also investigates the role of quantum phenomena in biological systems, especially photosynthesis.

In this discussion Dr. Lloyd explains the progress of quantum computing and his pioneering role in the field, his concept of the universe as a quantum computer, and the increasing interest in quantum mechanisms in biological systems such as photosynthesis. He also talks about his book for general readers, Programming the Universe.

Seth Lloyd's NOVA blog 2014 Quantum Biology: Better Living Through Quantum Mechanics


  • 1994 Lindbergh fellow
  • 1996 Finmeccanica professorship
  • 2001 Edgerton prize
  • 2007 Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • 2012 Quantum communication, measurement, and computation prize