How I became a quantum physics researcher

A photo of Daisy Shearer, an experimental quantum physics researcher, in the physics laboratory. She is weating a yellow jumper and various laboratory equipment can be seen in the background.

I often get asked how I came to be an experimental quantum physicist. The general consensus when I tell people what I do seems to be that it’s something extraordinary. I will admit that it is perhaps unusual to be an autistic woman in this field, but things are definitely changing and I hope that over time we can overcome the gatekeeping and barriers keeping minority groups from physics.