Thomas Baker

University of York (All Disciplines) Scholar Award, University of York - Quantum Theory

Thomas is a condensed matter theorist, currently a Fulbright US Scholar hosted by the University of York in the United Kingdom. He graduated from the California State University, Long Beach where was supported on the Graduate Research Fellowship while working on superconducting—magnetic proximity systems, including the solution of a 200-year-old problem known as the bead on a hoop. Thomas earned his doctoral degree from the University of California, Irvine where he worked on aspects of simulations of quantum physics for materials with the renormalization group. During this time, he was supported by the Pat Beckman Memorial Scholar through the ARCS Foundation. As the prized postdoctoral fellow at the Université de Sherbrooke in Québec, Canada, Thomas published on a variety of topics in quantum computing. In his free time, he has been exploring the history of York and getting back to swimming as the pandemic restrictions lift.