Born in Haifa, Israel, David Deutsch was educated at Cambridge and Oxford universities. After several years at the University of Texas at Austin, he returned to Oxford, where he now lives and works. Since 1999 he has been a non-stipendiary Visiting Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford, where he is a member of the Centre for Quantum Computation at the Clarendon Laboratory, Oxford University.
In 1998 he was awarded the Institute of Physics’ Paul Dirac Prize and Medal. This is the premier award for theoretical physics within the gift of the Council of the Institute of Physics. It is made for ‘outstanding contributions to theoretical (including mathematical and computational) physics.’ In 2002 he received the Fourth International Award on Quantum Communication for ‘theoretical work on Quantum Computer Science.’
His previous book, The Fabric of Reality, was shortlisted for the Rhone-Poulenc science book award in 1998.