University of California, Santa Barbara

Matthew Fisher is a theoretical physicist determined to bring quantum mechanics down to earth. After earning his PhD in1986 from the University of Illinois, Matthew was a Research Staff member at IBM's Watson Research Center. Since 1993 he has been a Professor of Physics at UC Santa Barbara, except for a brief stint at Caltech in 2009-2010. In 1995, Matthew received the Alan T. Waterman Award bestowed by the National Science Foundation, and has also been the recipient of the National Academy of Sciences Award for Initiatives in Research (1997). He was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003 and to the National Academy of Sciences in 2012. Matthew was a co-recipient of the 2015 Oliver E. Buckley Prize in Condensed Matter Physics given by the American Physical Society.

In recent years Matthew has turned his attention to the fledging field of “quantum neuroscience”, seeking to determine whether quantum processing with nuclear spins might be operative in the brain. The question: Are we quantum computers, or merely clever robots? is the central motivation.