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Eleanor Gilbert Rieffel (born 1965)[1] is a mathematician interested in quantum computing, computer vision, and cryptography. She is a senior research scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center.[2]

Rieffel earned her Ph.D. in 1993 from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her dissertation, Groups Coarse Quasi-Isometric to the Hyperbolic Plane Cross the Real Line, concerned geometric group theory, and was supervised by Geoffrey Mess.[3] After working for FX Palo Alto Laboratory, she joined NASA in 2012.[2] In 2019 she won the NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal.[4]

With Wolfgang Polak, Rieffel is the author of the book Quantum Computing: A Gentle Introduction (MIT Press, 2011).[5]


  1. ^ Birth year from Library of Congress catalog entry, retrieved 2018-12-01.
  2. ^ a b Eleanor G. Rieffel, NASA, retrieved 2018-11-18
  3. ^ Eleanor Rieffel at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. ^ NASA Ames Astrogram - September 2019 retrieved 2019-10-24.
  5. ^ Reviews of Quantum Computing: A Gentle Introduction:

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