Scott Aaronson is an associate professor in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology s electrical engineering and computer science faculty. According to his website, his research focuses on the capabilities and limits of quantum computers, and computational complexity theory more generally. Aaronson was born in Philadelphia in 1981. In 2000 he earned a bachelor s degree in computer science from Cornell, and four years later he achieved a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Then in 2012 he was given the Alan T. Waterman Award for illuminating the fundamental limits on what can be computed in the physical world and breaking important new ground in computational theory. He is known for his key contributions to algebrization and the abstract quantum Turing machine.