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The SQUID at 50: Renowned physicist John Clarke on campus

Expert to speak on superconductivity at Annual Quantum Lecture
October 2, 2014
Professor John Clarke is a pioneer in the development of superconducting technologies. He literally "wrote the books” on superconducting quantum interference devices (the SQUID Handbook, vols. I and II). He is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

Professor John Clarke is a pioneer in the development of superconducting technologies. He literally "wrote the books” on superconducting quantum interference devices (the SQUID Handbook, vols. I and II). He is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

Professor John Clarke has devoted his scientific career to understanding the curious invention of the Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID) and pushing its use across many disciplines. On Oct. 2, 2014 he will speak to faculty, students, staff, alumni and the general public to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the SQUID invention. He will talk about how the SQUID has made a difference for everything from medicine to searching for galaxy clusters formed after the Big Bang.

Professor David Feder, of the University of Calgary's Institute of Quantum Science and Technology, says the public is always curious about quantum physics and this lecture will help untangle some of the mystery around superconductivity. "Professor Clarke will talk about quantum physics in the context of how the SQUID has broad impact in multiple areas, from studying the nature of the universe to mapping our brains in the diagnosis of illness. These remarkable devices are central to some of the most exciting science today."

Starting with the discovery of superconductivity just over a century ago, Dr. Clarke will trace the essential properties of superconductors that lead to such a broad range of applications and resulted in 11 Nobel Prize winners.

The lecture will take place Oct. 2 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the MacEwan Ballroom, followed by a reception. Everyone is welcome to attend.

About Prof. John Clark

John Clarke is a pioneer in the development of superconducting technologies. He literally "wrote the books" on superconducting quantum interference devices (the SQUID Handbook, vols. I and II). He is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of London, American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Institute of Physics (UK). He has been a Sloan Foundation Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow and a Miller Professor. In 1987, he was named California Scientist of the Year and was awarded the Fritz London Prize for research in low-temperature physics. In 1998, he received the American Physical Society's Joseph F. Keithley Award for Advances in Measurement Science and, in 1999, the National Academy of Sciences' Comstock Prize for Physics. He was awarded the Hughes Medal of the Royal Society in 2004, and was the UC Berkeley Faculty Research Lecturer in 2005.

The Institute for Quantum Science and Technology

IQST is a multidisciplinary group of researchers from the areas of Computer Science, Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics. The goals are to conduct leading research in key theoretical and experimental topics of quantum science and technology, to provide excellent education and training in quantum science and technology, and to foster linkage between the Institute and other quantum science and technology institutes and with industrial partners.