Tuesday September 15, 2020 - 05:45 to 07:30
As a girl, Shohini Ghose was inspired by Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian to go to space and wanted to become an explorer like him. She hasn’t made it to space yet, but she did become an explorer of the quantum world. She is an award-winning Professor of physics and computer science who examines how the laws of quantum physics can be harnessed to transform computing and communication. She also supports and celebrates women scientists as the Director of the Laurier Centre for Women in Science. She loves teaching and has co-authored Canada’s bestselling introductory astronomy textbook. Dr. Ghose is the recipient of several awards including a TED Senior Fellowship in 2018. She is a Researcher at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, an Affiliate of the Institute for Quantum Computing, and a Fellow of the Balsillie School of International Affairs. In 2017, she was named to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Dr. Ghose is working to create a vibrant and inclusive physics community in Canada as the President of the Canadian Association of Physicists.