Canadian becomes first woman to win Nobel Prize in Physics in 55 years

Oct 2 2018, 1:02 pm

A Canadian associate professor just became the first woman in 55 years to win a Nobel Prize in Physics.

Donna Strickland, an associate professor at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, has won the coveted global prize in Physics, sharing it with American scientist Arthur Ashkin and Gérard Mourou from France.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 to the trio “for groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics.”

“We need to celebrate women physicists because they’re out there… I’m honoured to be one of those women,” Strickland said.

According to The Nobel Prize, Strickland and Mourou “paved the way towards the shortest and most intense laser pulses created by humankind. The technique they developed opened up new areas of research and led to broad industrial and medical applications.”

Their prize amount is 9 million Swedish krona, or roughly $1.28 million CAD, with one half going to Ashkin and the other half to be shared between Mourou and Strickland.

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