Assistant Professor of Physics
Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BSc University of Toronto; MSc & PhD University of California Santa Barbara
Research Areas: Quantum Gravity; Quantum Information; Black Holes; String Theory; Holography; AdS/CFT
Ahmed Almheiri is a theoretical physicist working at the interface of quantum information and quantum gravity. Among other things, he worked on showing how gravity implements a quantum error correcting code - a scheme important for fault tolerant quantum computation - and on addressing Steven Hakwing's information paradox by demonstrating that the Hawking radiation emitted by evaporating black holes contains information about what's inside the black hole. Ahmed is currently thinking about understanding better the nature of the interior of black holes and their singularities.
His work has been featured in many popular science outlets, including the New York Times, Scientific American, New Scientist, Nature, and Quanta Magazine. Ahmed was awarded the 2021 New Horizons in Physics prize through the Breakthrough Prize Foundation and is a recipient of the Pride of Emirates medal awarded by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed Al Maktoum.