Donna Strickland, a professor at Ontario’s University of Waterloo, is one of the three winners of the Noble Prize for Physics. She and French scientist Gerard Mourou will receive a quarter of the US$1.01 million prize for their joint work on the invention of chirped pulse amplification, a technique that underpins short pulse, high-intensity lasers, which have become a key part of corrective eye surgeries. She made the discovery while completing her PhD at the University of Rochester in New York.
Strickland is only the third woman to win the Physics prize and the first Canadian female scientist to do so. The other two women are Maria Goeppert-Mayer in 1963 and Marie Curie in 1903.
Strickland received her award at a ceremony in Sweden today.