Franco Nori received a PhD in Physics from the University of Illinois, and then did postdoctoral research work at the Institute for Theoretical Physics, now KITP, at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Afterwards, he became Assistant, Associate, Full Professor and Research Scientist at the Physics Department of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is a Chief Scientist at RIKEN, leading the “Theoretical Quantum Physics Laboratory”.
His research group has done pioneering interdisciplinary studies at the interface between nanoscience, quantum information, superconducting quantum circuitry for quantum computing, photonics, quantum optics, atomic physics, nano-mechanics, mesoscopics, computational physics, and condensed matter physics.
He has been a "Highly Cited Researcher” during 2017, 2018 and 2019. During the past decade, his research group has produced more than 40 highly-cited papers (i.e., top 1% most cited publications among all papers in all areas of Physics) according to the Web of Science.
He is an Elected Fellow of the: American Physics Society (APS), Institute of Physics (IoP), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and Optical Society of America (OSA) [this last one “for fundamental contributions to quantum information science and optics, including circuit quantum electrodynamics, and the interface between quantum optics and quantum circuits”]. He received the 2014 Prize for Research in Physics, from the Matsuo Foundation, Japan; and the 2013 Prize for Science, by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan. Also, an "Excellence in Research Award" and an "Excellence in Education Award" from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is an Elected Member of the Latin American Academy of Sciences, and a Foreign Member of the Swedish Royal Society of Arts and Sciences, in Gothenburg, Sweden.