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Seth Lloyd

Seth Lloyd


Room 3-160
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge MA 02139-4307
Phone: 617-252-1803  
Fax: 617-258-5802  

Curriculum Vitae

Administrative Contact:
Garry McLinn
Room 5-228
Phone: 617-324-5388  

Deutsch vs. Lloyd Debate (PDF)

PhD Thesis (PDF)
Black Holes, Demons and the Loss of Coherence: How complex systems get information, and what they do with it. The Rockefeller University, April 1, 1988

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)



1982 Harvard College. A.B.
1983 Cambridge University Math.Cert.
1984 Cambridge University M. Phil.
1988 Rockefeller University Ph.D.


MIT Service

Dec. 1994-June 1998, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Sept. 1996-present, Finmeccanica Career Development Professorship
July 1998-June 2001, Associate Professor without tenure, Mechanical Engineering
June 2001-June 2002, Associate Professor with tenure, Mechanical Engineering
June 2002-present, Professor with tenure, Mechanical Engineering


Other Related Experience

June 1979-Aug. 1979 Research Scientist Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
June 1980-Aug. 1980 Research Scientist Brookhaven National Laboratory
June 1981-Sept. 1981 Research Scientist Institute Laue-Langevin, Grenole
July 1982-Sept. 1982 Research Scientist Centre European p. Recherche Nucleaire
June 1985-Sept. 1987 Editor, Columnist Harvard Review
Oct. 1987-present Adjunct Ass. Professor The Sante Fe Institute
Dec. 1988-Dec. 1991 Post Doc Fellow California Institute of Technology
Dec. 1991-Dec. 1994 Post Doc Fellow Los Alamos National Laboratory


Consulting – Patents

Jan. 1996-present Quantum Technologies
Dec. 1998-present Hewlett Packard
March 2000-present Microsoft


Professional Registration



Honors - Awards

Sargent Prize (Harvard) 1981
Marshall Scholarship 1982
Dirac Prize (Erice) 1985
Lindbergh Fellowship 1994
Finmeccanica Career Development Professorship 1996
Edgerton Prize 2001


Quantum information

Design of quantum computers and quantum communication systems.
Quantum algorithms. Theory of quantum information.
Quantum control theory.


Complex systems

Problems of complexity in engineering
Measures of complexity.



Professor Lloyd's work is supported by NSF, DARPA, ARO, Eni under the MIT Energy Initiative, and Jeffrey Epstein.

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