Quantum materials expert explores extreme superconductors

Catherine Kallin did her undergraduate work at UBC and her graduate work at Harvard. Photo: Catherine Kallin.
  • Catherine Kallin
  • BSc ’79

UBC alumna Catherine Kallin (BSc ’79) has been named a 2016 Simons Fellow in Theoretical Physics, the only Canadian to receive the prestigious honour. The McMaster University professor investigates high- and low-temperature superconductors and novel magnetic materials, which could improve quantum computing, MRIs and satellite communication. She believes that investigating new states of matter through studying quantum materials will change our thinking about fundamental problems such as the nature of matter, yielding new ideas about elementary particle physics and-through them-about the early universe.