Ronald Hanson graduated from the University of Groningen with an MSc degree in applied physics. He was recruited for the Japan Prizewinners Programme, a one-year postgraduate course for outstanding Dutch graduates with a university master’s degree. In 2005 he graduated with a PhD in physics from Delft University of Technology. Later, in 2020 he was appointed as the university’s 6th Distinguished Professor of Quantum Physics. Ronald Hanson is now also a Distinguished Professor at the Delft University of Technology and principal investigator at QuTech. Ronald currently chairs the steering board of Quantum Delta NL, the foundation responsible for the National Agenda Quantum Technology. Ronald’s research centers on exploring and controlling quantum-entangled states with the long-term goal of exploiting these in quantum computing and quantum internet. His work combines quantum optics, solid-state physics, nuclear magnetic resonance, quantum information theory and nanofabrication.
During the past ten years, Ronald Hanson has propelled quantum science to new levels. In highly challenging experiments, he seeks the boundaries of solid-state physics, atomic physics and optical physics. As a young research leader, Hanson could already compete with the international top in his field.
Ronald has received several awards for his work: the Nicholas Kurti European Science Prize in 2012, the Huibregtsen Award for Excellence in Science and Society in 2016 and the John Stewart Bell Prize in 2017. In 2019 he received the Spinoza Prize, the highest scientific award in the Netherlands. He was elected as a member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW) and the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences (KNAW), and a Fellow of the American Physical Society.
As an authority in the area of quantum science, Hanson is often invited as a speaker or expert for scientific purposes as well as for the general public. He is a gifted and enthusiastic speaker and lecturer, who believes in giving sufficient personal attention to his students.
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