Yesterday, the United States Senate passed a bipartisan resolution introduced by Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) to commemorate and support the goals of World Quantum Day.

This resolution highlights the importance of the quantum mechanics that are part of the technologies used in everyday life, such as semiconductors in computers, atomic clocks that power GPS systems, and MRI imaging. The U.S. has been a pioneer in revolutionary quantum technologies and this resolution recognizes that legacy.

“Quantum science will create revolutionary technology and help us secure our competitive advantage. We must provide children and schools with the resources to introduce quantum concepts early and encourage participation in our growing STEM workforce. The World Quantum Day initiative is an important reminder of the progress already made in this technology field and the need to ensure our children have the skills they need to continue that progress in the future,” said Senator Young.

“Quantum information science and technology play an increasingly vital role in our national security and our economy. That is why we must promote the training of the next generation of scientists and develop a workforce that is equipped to lead in this emerging field. World Quantum Day should serve as an important reminder of the need to investment more in STEM and quantum education, research, and development,” said Senator Hassan.

“I strongly support the U.S. Senate resolution to commemorate April 14th as World Quantum Day. Quantum science and technology have the potential to revolutionize fields such as computing, telecommunications, and medicine, and it is vital that we raise awareness about the importance of this field. By celebrating World Quantum Day, we can shine a spotlight on the exciting developments in quantum research and inspire future generations of scientists and engineers to pursue careers in this field. The United States has been at the forefront of quantum research, and this resolution will demonstrate our commitment to advancing this important area of study. I urge all Senators to support this resolution and help us celebrate World Quantum Day,” said Spyridon Michalakis, U.S. Representative of the World Quantum Day Initiative.

“IBM thanks Senator Young and Hassan for introducing this resolution to officially mark World Quantum Day. Quantum is a game-changing technology that will help solve society’s most pressing problems, and IBM is proud to be at the forefront of these innovations. As our country prepares for a quantum future, we hope to see Congress and the Administration expand their focus on quantum computing access, the quantum safe transition, partnerships, skills training, and investments in public-private partnerships to ensure that America remains the global leader in quantum technology,” said Jay Gambetta, IBM Fellow and Vice President of IBM Quantum. 

Legislative text of the resolution can be found here.