Canadian scientist Donna Strickland shares Nobel physics prize

Jan Cross
October 2, 2018

Arthur Ashkin in the United States, Gérard Mourou in France, and Donna Strickland in Canada will share the 9m Swedish kronor (£770,000) prize announced by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm on Tuesday.

The Nobel website says that the Nobel Prize in Physics 2017 was divided, and one half awarded to Rainer Weiss, the other half jointly to Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne "for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves". At 96, he is the oldest person ever named as a laureate for any of the prestigious awards.

She shares half the $1.4 million prize with French laser physicist Gerard Mourou.

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Ashkin's work was based on the realization that the pressure of a beam of light could push microscopic objects and trap them in position.

Dr Mourou and Dr Strickland helped develop short and intense laser pulses that have broad industrial and medical applications.

Friday: Nobel Peace Prize will be awarded.

On Monday, American James Allison and Japan's Tasuku Honjo won the Nobel medicine prize for groundbreaking work in fighting cancer with the body's own immune system.

However, for the first time in decades no Nobel Prize for literature will be given this year after a scandal over sexual misconduct allegations saw a string of members leave the board of the Swedish Academy that awards it.

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