Canadian Donna Strickland third woman to win Nobel physics prize

Donna Strickland is the third ever woman to win the Nobel Prize in Physics. Pic University of Waterloo

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced today the winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 "for groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics".

Ashkin's optical tweezers are pretty much what they sound like - extremely small objects that can "grab" particles, atoms, viruses and other living cells with their laser beam fingers. Most notably in 1987, Ashkin used the novel tweezers to capture living bacteria without causing harm to them resulting in the tools being widely used in the machinery of life experimentation.

Mourou and Strickland, who share the other half of the prize, were recognized for their breakthroughs in creating "high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses", or beams of light strong enough to perform eye surgeries and precise laser machining. Text the word "NEWS" to 22840. Strickland, 59, is now a professor at the University of Waterloo in Canada.

Marie Curie was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903
Image Marie Curie was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903

The awarding of the prize to Strickland, a Canadian scientist at the University of Waterloo, has ended a drought for women winning any of the prestigious prizes.

The 59-year-old Guelph, Ont., native made the discovery while completing her PhD at the University of Rochester in NY and will share half of the US$1.01-million prize with her doctoral adviser, French physicist Gerard Mourou.

Strickland is the first female Nobel laureate to be named in three years and is only the third woman to have won the physics prize.

Heads Up: Your smartphones going to start blaring Wednesday afternoon
The message will have an audible tone, and the text will read, "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System". The message will be active for approximately 30 minutes, so users could receive the alert within that time frame.

The magazine Nature reported this weekend that the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences would explicitly call on future nominators to consider gender, geography and topic for the 2019 prizes.

"There was an even larger bias against women then". The academy said their 1985 article on the technique was "revolutionary".

Strickland had became attracted to laser physics for not only scientific but also aesthetic reasons: She noticed the green and red beams that shone throughout Mourou's lab like a Christmas tree.

1 confirmed dead after plane crash in Pacific lagoon
But Air Niugini chief executive Tahawar Durrani said the man's body was found by divers in the lagoon on Monday. Air Niugini said local authorities and the airline were continuing to search for the missing passenger.

The Nobel chemistry prize comes on Wednesday, followed by the peace prize on Friday.

But the economics prize was not part of the awards established by industrialist Alfred Nobel's will; it was later established by Sweden's central bank in Nobel's honor.

And, for the first time in more than half a century, a woman - Donna Strickland - is one of the winners.

Sequelae, norepinephrine, epinephrine: Christine Blasey Ford uses science to describe her assault
He told Kavanaugh that he hopes the nominee ends up on the Supreme Court, saying, "that's exactly where you should be". The outgoing senator was a friend and fan of Kavanaugh's until the sexual misconduct allegations became public.

Would you like to get published on Standard Media websites?

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Lindsey Graham: I will be in the National Basketball Association before Kavanaugh is convicted
Oct 01, 2018 - 22:12
In his five-minute speech to Kavanaugh, Graham called the accusations against the nominee "a sham" put on by the Democratic Party. The senator has said she didn't take it to her colleagues because of Ford's request for confidentiality.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Krishna Raj Kapoor, wife of actor Raj Kapoor, passes away
Oct 01, 2018 - 20:17
It is believed by many who knew this remarkable lady closely that she allowed her "Showman Husband" to take her for granted. Amjad Ali Khan: Deepest condolences to the respected Kapoor family on the sad demise of the gracious Krishna Raj Kapoorji.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Houston scientist wins Nobel Prize for breakthrough cancer treatment
Oct 01, 2018 - 18:44
The victor of the Nobel Peace Prize will be named Friday and the economics laureate will be announced next Monday. In 1995, Allison was one of two scientists to identify the ligand CTLA-4 as an inhibitory receptor on T-cells.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Tesla stock roars back after Elon's SEC deal
Oct 01, 2018 - 18:12
Tesla saw its stock price plunging after the SEC filed a lawsuit against Elon Musk over his now infamous "funding secured" tweet . Tesla is due to appoint two new independent directors, with the board expected to oversee Musk's communications with investors.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top USA tease Woods-Mickelson Ryder Cup pairing
Sep 30, 2018 - 19:13
Trailing by three points, Europe needed McIlroy to try to set the tone and, at the same time, silence a boisterous home support. He and Henrik Stenson are the only players to have beaten the pair of Spieth and Patrick Reed at the Ryder Cup .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Canada refusing to make concessions on NAFTA
Sep 30, 2018 - 19:11
Another sticking point is Canada's protected dairy industry, which isn't in the current deal but where the USA wants concessions. Trump has demanded major changes to NAFTA, which he has said caused USA manufacturing jobs to move to low-wage Mexico.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Hazard goal takes Chelsea through at Liverpool’s expense
Sep 30, 2018 - 18:58
But Alexandre Lacazette's 90th minute goal ensured Unai Emery's side held on for their sixth successive win in all competitions. Two Chelsea players were standing in offside positions when the free kick came in but neither interfered with play.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Matt Damon plays Brett Kavanaugh on ‘SNL’ season premiere
Sep 30, 2018 - 18:56
He blasts the "con job" orchestrated by people like the Clintons, Kathy Griffin, "Mr. Ronan Sinatra" and even "Ayssa frigging Milano".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top "Fortnite" Season 6 Welcomes In Halloween With "Darkness Rises" Title & Theme
Sep 30, 2018 - 17:53
Are you also wondering how this made it into the latest version? On console, matchmaking will now be based on input. There's a spooky castle at Haunted Hills and some other new map changes I haven't survived long enough to see.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Donald Trump praises ‘beautiful letters’ from Kim Jong
Sep 30, 2018 - 16:57
But on Saturday, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho blamed United States sanctions for the lack of progress since then. Seoul says more than 30,000 North Koreans have illegally crossed the border since the end of the Korean War in 1953.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top John Aldridge and Ian Rush react to Liverpool point at Chelsea
Sep 30, 2018 - 14:12
Prior to being replaced 55 minutes into Liverpool's sixth straight league win, Van Dijk had played every minute of the 2018-19 campaign.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Eric Reid back in the National Football League after signing with Panthers
Sep 28, 2018 - 18:31
His signing by the Panthers shows a clear shift in culture on the part of the team since Jerry Richardson sold off the club. He was, notably, the first player to kneel alongside former teammate (and current exile) Colin Kaepernick .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top British opposition leader Corbyn to meet EU on Brexit
Sep 28, 2018 - 18:29
The divisions cut across party loyalties, with Labour's traditional leftwing working-class constituencies voting largely to leave. Labour could play a decisive role in whether any Brexit deal is approved by parliament.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top American Bar Association urges Senate to delay Kavanaugh vote
Sep 28, 2018 - 17:46
For his part, Kavanaugh testified he was "100 percent certain" none of the alleged incidents of sexual misconduct occurred. During a break in the hearing, some of Kavanaugh's strongest supporters gave no indications of wavering.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top MADURO TO USA: Venezuela's Socialist President Jets to NYC as Citizens Starve
Sep 28, 2018 - 17:34
The president's comments come after he blamed Maduro's socialist regime for Venezuela's economic crisis and mass poverty. They made a decision to apply tough sanctions on top officials in Maduro's government.