The President, Hermione Lee,
requests the pleasure of your company at the Royal Society.
Wolfson Fellow Professor Vlatko Vedral will deliver a lecture entitled:
'Living in a Quantum World'
Followed by a drinks reception
on Tuesday 12 March 2013 at 6 for 6:30pm
RSVP: Development Office
Living in a Quantum World
"Quantum mechanics is commonly said to be a theory of microscopic things: molecules, atoms, subatomic particles. Nearly all physicists, though, think it applies to everything, no matter what the size. The reason its distinctive features tend to be hidden is not a simple matter of scale.
Over the past few years experimentalists have seen quantum effects in a growing number of macroscopic systems. The quintessential quantum effect, entanglement, can even occur in large systems as well as warm ones - including living organisms - even though molecular jiggling might be expected to disrupt entanglement. I plan to discuss my work on both the fundamental aspects of quantum physics as well as some potential applications to biology and technology."
About Professor Vlatko Vedral
Vlatko Vedral made his name developing a novel way of quantifying entanglement and applying it to macroscopic physical systems. He did his undergraduate and graduate studies at Imperial College London.
Since June 2009 he has been in an entangled state of professorship at the University of Oxford (Governing Body Fellowship at Wolfson College) and at the National University of Singapore. He has held professorships at Imperial College, and University of Leeds and a number of visiting professorships in Canada, Austria, and Brazil.
His research has won a number of awards, including the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award and the World Scientific (Physics Research) Medal and Prize.
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