Academic Biography

Jacob Dunningham is a professor of physics at the University of Sussex where he is Head of Physics and Astronomy and Deputy Director of the Sussex Centre for Quantum Technologies. He began his studies at the University of Auckland, where he completed a BSc in mathematics and physics and then an MSc in the research group of Prof Dan Walls FRS. He was subsequently awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to study for a doctorate at the Clarendon Laboratory, University of Oxford, supervised by Prof Sir Keith Burnett FRS. After completion of his DPhil, he was elected to the Darden Junior Research Fellowship at Merton College Oxford. In 2004, Dunningham took up an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship and in 2005 he moved to the University of Leeds as a lecturer and RCUK fellow. In 2010 he was promoted to Reader and in 2013 he moved to Sussex becoming Professor in 2016. His research into quantum mechanical entanglement spans the fields of quantum information, quantum optics, Bose-Einstein condensation, and metrology. He is interested in fundamental issues of entanglement as well as understanding how useful entanglement can be created and exploited in practical schemes. He has supervised 12 PhD students and has published two books and more than 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals including Science and Physical Review Letters. He collaborates widely with groups both in the UK and abroad.

Selected Awards and Prizes

  • Fellow, Institute of Physics (2017).

  • APS Outstanding Referee (2013).Link

  • Runner-up: SET for Britain award for most-promising scientist,
    House of Commons (2006).

  • RCUK Research Fellowship (2006)

  • EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship (2004)

  • Darden Junior Research Fellowship (2001)

  • Commonwealth Scholarship to Britain (1997)

  • LB Wood Travelling Scholarship (1997)

  • Top Masters graduate in the Faculty of Science, University of Auckland (1997)

  • Top BSc graduate in the Faculty of Science, University of Auckland (1995)


Visiting Research Fellow, University of Leeds

College Member, United Kingdom EPSRC

Artistic Associate, Unlimited Theatre

Fellow, United Kingdom Institute of Physics