“Donna Strickland seemed genuinely surprised to learn that she was only the third woman to ever win the Nobel Prize in physics,” writes Geoff Brumfiel in their recent NPR article entitled “The Nobel Prize In Physics: 117 Years, 3 Women And Counting.”
"Is that all, really?’ a flummoxed Strickland asked during a press conference announcing the prize. ‘I thought there might have been more,” shares Brumfiel.
“But there haven't been. Only the famous scientist Marie Curie and Maria Goeppert Mayer, a nuclear physicist, have won the prize. Curie won in 1903 for her discovery of radioactivity, and Goeppert Mayer in 1963 for theoretical work on the structure of the atomic nucleus,” Brumfiel explains in the NPR piece.
According to the article, “Strickland's win was announced Tuesday morning at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm. She and French physicist Gérard Mourou won a quarter of the prize each for their work creating super-bright, super-fast pulses of laser light. Separately, Arthur Ashkin won half the prize for work using laser light as a kind of tweezer to pinch and move physical objects.”
“Strickland's work with Mourou was critical to making lasers the powerful instruments we use today, says Margaret Murnane a physicist at JILA in Boulder who specializes in laser science. The technique is known as chirped pulse amplification, and Murnane says ‘it really was a key enabling discovery that really allows us to use all the power of laser light," the piece further explains.
According to Brumfiel’s article, “The technology has already been used for eye surgery and laser cutting, Murnane says. In the future may even be the basis for particle accelerators.”
“Other physicists were elated at the news of Strickland's win. ‘I think it's fantastic,’ says Joanne Cole, a particle physicist at Brunel University London in the UK. ‘It's about time," shares Brumfiel.
What a stellar progression for mankind.
Strickland’s win (and work) is officially in the history books.
And, it’s about time your operation sees a prize all its own.
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Keep reading; we’re going to share the methodology you need (and will want) to lead an operation worthy of winning the Nobel Prize.