Jonathan Olson

Jonathan Olson, Ph.D.

Associate Director of Quantum Science IP & Co-Founder

Jonathan has a decade of experience in exploring applications of near-term quantum devices. He received a PhD in Physics from Louisiana State University in 2016 focusing on quantum optical computation devices and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University in the Aspuru-Guzik group working in quantum machine learning. After co-founding Zapata AI in early 2018, he developed four variational quantum algorithms. Since shifting his focus to intellectual property, Jonathan has become a registered patent agent at the US Patent and Trademark Office and anticipates receiving a JD from the Franklin Pierce School of Law in May 2024. He is part of the Quantum Economic Development Consortium’s Quantum Law TAC.


Question & Answer

What is a problem you dream of solving (with quantum)?

My first-ever experience with quantum was in cryptography and Shor’s algorithm.  I’m looking forward to when we cannot imagine modern information security without quantum technology.

What’s your superpower?

I have an exceptional ability to empathize with the way and the why most people think the way they do. I’m also pretty good at defusing tense situations. I should probably have been a diplomat…

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

“Never Split the Difference” (which might be better stated “never simply split the difference”)