Quantum computing pioneer was a physics dropout
- “I honestly still don’t know how it all came about,” she says when I ask about winning the Australian of the Year (AOTY) award.
- Simmons quickly selects a lightly smoked ocean trout salad, incorporating brown rice, red apple, jalapenos and (crucially for her) crispy Brussels sprouts, while I go for a brisket pastrami sandwich with Russian coleslaw and pickles on rye.
- Simmons wanted to use her platform as AOTY to encourage more girls to take on careers in science and technology.
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