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Canadian Scientist Donna Strickland Shares Nobel Physics Prize

By: Ivan Semeniuk, The Globe and Mail - October 2, 2018

Canada’s newest Nobel Prize winner, Donna Strickland, ‘just wanted to do something fun’.

Donna Strickland’s path to the Nobel Prize in physics started with a spur-of-the-moment decision four decades ago, when a description of a McMaster University program on lasers caught the high school student’s eye.  That produced a gut-level feeling that the versatile beams were not only useful, but supremely cool.

I just wanted to do something fun,” said Dr. Strickland, a University of Waterloo researcher and now one of just three women in history to win the Nobel for physics after Marie Curie in 1903 and Maria Goeppert-Mayer in 1963. She was named a co-winner of the $1.4-million award on Tuesday.

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