Meet Donna Strickland, the first woman to win the Nobel prize in Physics after a gap of 55 years. The last woman scientist, Maria Goeppert Mayer, claimed the prize in 1963.
The Nobel Prize has been around for 117 years - 892 laureates have been honoured with the Nobel prize and only 48 of them have been women. Yet, in that time, only two women have ever claimed the prestigious Nobel Prize in Physics and now Donna is the third.
From laser eye surgery to laser-based cameras, #UWaterloo's Donna Strickland's work has fundamentally changed our lives. Learn more about the work that led to her Nobel Prize: https://t.co/xH3iTbIyVu pic.twitter.com/0EDsNHJgtx
— University of Waterloo (@UWaterloo) October 3, 2018
A true inspiration to all us, Donna from the University of Waterloo in Canada developed a way for us to use short burst lasers, using a technique called Chirped Pulse Amplification (CPA), along with her two colleagues Gerard Mourou from the École Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France and Arthur Ashkin from the Bell Laboratories in the US.
This invention of chirped pulse amplification for lasers led to the development of high-intensity ultrashort pulses of light beams, which can be used in laser micromachining, laser surgery, medicine, fundamental science studies, and other applications. This has enabled doctors to perform millions of corrective laser eye surgeries.
Congratulations again to 2018 #NobelPrize recipient and professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at @UWaterloo, Donna Strickland. The support we've seen today is a testament to your hard work. You've made me, @UWaterloo and all of Canada so proud! #UWaterlooProud pic.twitter.com/aIToVvYrKu
— UWaterloo President (@UWaterlooPres) October 2, 2018
Born on 27 May 1959 in Ontario, Canada, Donna completed her engineering in physics from McMaster University. Donna has always been someone who likes to do the unachievable and challenge herself. The fact that she was one of three women in a class of 25 students at McMaster is proof of how hard working and determined she is.
We're truly inspired by her and hope that more women claim such prestigious honours in the future. Donna, more power to you!
Lately, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Binita Jain, who became the first crorepati of KBC 10 have inspired us and reminded us that women can win the world.
Cheers to all of them!
Image source: Peter Power, Reuters
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