Bill Munro

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20 April 1995: D. Phil (Quantum Optics), University of Waikato (NZ)
19 April 1991: M. Sc (1st class honors), University of Waikato (NZ)
14 April 1989: B. Sc (Chemistry and Physics), University of Waikato (NZ)

William John MUNRO received his D. Phil degree in Physics from the University of Waikato (NZ) in 1995 and has spent the majority of his career as an industrial scientist in both Hewlett Packard and NTT Basic Research Laboratories. Within NTT BRL he was the founding director of its research center for Theoretical Quantum Physics and a senior member of its technical staff. Joining OIST in 2023, Bill’s research focus in Quantum Science ranges from foundational issues of quantum theory through to applications of quantum technology and designs for their practical realization. His Quantum Engineering and Design (Q.E.D) research unit explores the design and system engineering of quantum technologies with the aim to provide a path from the theoretical concepts to its real-world implementation and exportation. Further Bill is also a fellow of the APS, OSA and IOP.

Professional Experience

  • July 2023 – Professor, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, Japan
  • July 2017 – June 2023, Director, Research Center for Theoretical Quantum Physics, NTT Corporation, Japan
  • May 2010 – June 2017, Research Specialist, Distinguished Scientist & Senior Distinguished Scientist, NTT Basic Research Laboratories, Japan
  • Nov 2000 – Mar 2010, Research Scientist, Senior Research Scientist & Principal Research Scientist, Hewlett Packard Laboratories, United Kingdom


  • Outstanding Referee, American Physical Society (2021)
  • Fellow of Optica (2015)
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society (2013)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Physics, UK (2009)
  • Chartered Physicist of the Institute of Physics, UK (2002 - 2018)
  • Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellow (1997 – 2000)

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