A chess game got Australian of the Year Michelle Simmons on the path to quantum physics

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“It made me think ‘wow he didn’t really expect me to be able to do this’ and that really got me thinking ‘there must be other things that people don’t expect of me, let me find out what they are’.”

One of those things was understanding the world at a level of physics and mathematics.

“So I got into it,” she says. “And I found that the more difficult the challenges I took on, the more rewarding it was and I thought wow this is a phenomenal world to be in.

“It’s absolutely rewarding in a way I didn’t get with easier things. From that point on I thought what can I do that’s going to be useful for the world.”  Australian of the Year