Lily Childress, PhD

2002 Hertz Fellow
Lilian Childress
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Lilian Childress is an assistant professor at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Previously, Lilian joined the faculty at Bates College as a visiting assistant professor, and was subsequently hired to a tenure-track position in 2008. She has taught classes in fluid mechanics, solid state physics, quantum mechanics, electronics, and introductory physics. Lilian’s experimental work on single-spin manipulation in diamond helped open a new research area for solid state implementations of quantum information processing systems, while her theoretical contributions to quantum repeater architectures have rekindled interest in near-term applications for small quantum registers in a variety of physical systems.

After graduating from Harvard College, Lilian received her PhD in physics from Harvard University with the support of a Hertz Foundation Fellowship, where she studied solidstate implementations of quantum optics with Professor Mikhail Lukin. In addition to receiving the Hertz Foundation Thesis Prize in 2007, she was a finalist for the thesis prize awarded by the Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics within the American Physical Society (APS).

Lilian is from Falmouth, Massachusetts.

Graduate Studies

Harvard University
Coherent manipulation of single quantum systems in the solid state

Undergraduate Studies

Harvard University


2007, Hertz Thesis Prize, Fannie & John Hertz Foundation