Boubacar Kanté selected among 2020 cohort of Moore Inventor Fellows

Associate EECS professor is a pioneer in topological light sources and lasers

September 16, 2020 by Kirsten Mickelwait

Berkeley Engineering researcher Boubacar Kanté has been selected by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to be among its 2020 cohort of Moore Inventor Fellows. The fellowship supports scientist-inventors who create new tools and technologies with a high potential to accelerate progress in the foundation’s areas of interest: scientific discovery, environmental conservation and patient care.

Boubacar Kanté

Boubacar Kanté

Kanté is an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences at the College of Engineering, as well as a faculty scientist in the Materials Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He has pioneered quantum topological optics with the invention of the world’s first topological light sources and lasers. His invention is a new quantum platform that will develop compact sources for robust and energy efficient computing, sensing and imaging using light.

This year, the foundation received nearly 200 nominations, from which five fellows were selected. Each fellow receives a total of $825,000 over three years to drive their invention forward, which includes $50,000 per year from their home institution as a commitment to these outstanding individuals.

Read more:  Moore Foundation announcement