Transforming quantum computing’s promise into practice

via MIT News

Jan. 19, 2021


By Daniel Ackerman

It was music that sparked William Oliver’s lifelong passion for computers.

Growing up in the Finger Lakes region of New York, he was an avid keyboard player. “But I got into music school on voice,” says Oliver, “because it was a little bit easier.”

But once in school, first at State University of New York at Fredonia then the University of Rochester, he hardly shied away from a challenge. “I was studying sound recording technology, which led me to digital signal processing,” explains Oliver. “And that led me to computers.” Twenty-five years later, he’s still stuck on them.

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