Donna Strickland becomes the first Canadian woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics

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Donna Strickland becomes the first Canadian woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics

October 2, 2018| Arlaadi Online

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Waterloo physics professor, Donna Strickland, has become one of only three women to ever win the Nobel Prize in physics. The last female to earn with this prestigious award was in 1963. Strickland is a pioneer in the development of lasers that has revolutionized areas of research in industrial and medical applications. Through her transformational research, she has also become a pioneer for women in science.  

In response to this historical win, Strickland said,

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

A look back at the women of the Nobel Prize

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Since 1901, the Nobel prize has been honouring outstanding men and women from around the world. The award is named after Alfred Nobel who established the prize through his final will and testament. When he passed in 1895, he directed that the bulk of his fortune should be divided into five parts and to be used for prizes in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and peace to “those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit to humankind.”

The Nobel Prize has been awarded to 48 women between 1901 and 2018, with one woman, Marie Curie, winning twice. The Prize in Economic Science has also been awarded to one woman, Elinor Ostrom. Over a third of these awards were granted in the past two decades. Read more Women of the Nobel Prize for Physics

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