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The quantum revolution in science and technology

Prize lecture


The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG


Modern research instruments can measure spectacularly small changes of length, time or energy. They use the quantum behaviour of atoms and light to achieve their extraordinary sensitivity. These devices help scientists to learn more about the very smallest of things – for example the shape of the electron - and also the very large – for example how the universe began. 

Now, the same types of instruments are starting to benefit society more generally. This Quantum Technology promises new capabilities ranging across IT security, navigation, medical imaging, mineral detection, simulation of complex systems, and many others topics.

In this lecture Professor Edward Hinds will explain what quantum behaviour is, and how these research instruments work. Professor Hinds will discuss the current state of quantum science, and the prospects for transforming society through the emergence of quantum technology.

The lecture will be webcast live and the video recording will be available shortly after the event.

Attending the event

  • Free to attend
  • No registration required
  • Doors open from 18:00, and seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Live subtitles will be available
  • British Sign Language interpretation will be available on request. Please let the Events team know if you plan to attend at least two weeks before the event
  • This event may be popular, and entry cannot be guaranteed
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The quantum revolution in science and technology

The 2019 Bakerian Lecture delivered by Professor Edward Hinds FRS

The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK
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