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Donna Strickland Biography, Wiki, Age, Education, Expertise, Awards, Nobel Prize Laureate (2018)

On 2nd October 2018, three scientis awarded Nobel Prize in Physics with one half to Arthur Ashkin and the other half jointly to Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland

Donna Strickland Biography

Donna Strickland Bio

Donna Strickland was born on 27th May 1979. She is a 59 years old (as of 2018) associate professor at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. On Tuesday, 2nd October 2018, she became the first woman in 55 years and the third ever to win the Nobel Prize in Physics, sharing it with an American scientist ( Arthur Ashkin) and another one from France (Gérard Mourou) for their work in laser physics.
Donna Strickland Age She was born on 27th May 1979 and is currently 59 years old as of 2018
Donna Strickland Education 1989 PhD Physics (optics), University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

1981 B.Eng Engineering Physics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

Donna Strickland Expertise
  • Intense laser-matter interactions
  • Nonlinear optics
  • Short-pulse, intense laser systems
Donna Strickland Awards
  • Nobel Prize in Physics (2018)
  • 2008 Fellow of the Optical Society of America
  • 2000 Cottrell Scholars Award from Research Corporation
  • 1999 Premier’s Research Excellence Award
  • 1998 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship
Scientific career
Fields Physics
Institutions  University of Waterloo in Ontario, Ultrafast Laser Group

Donna Strickland Education and Career

Strickland graduated with a B.Eng in Engineering Physics from McMaster University and obtained her PhD in Physics (specialising in optics) at the University of Rochester in 1989.

Strickland is an associate professor at the University of Waterloo, where she leads an ultrafast laser group that develops high-intensity laser systems for nonlinear optics investigations. Her pioneering work on the “Compression of amplified chirped optical pulses” was published in 1985, and led to the development of the field of high intensity, ultrashort pulses of light beams. Strickland’s recent work has focused on pushing the boundaries of ultrafast optical science to new wavelength ranges such as the mid-infrared and the ultraviolet, using techniques such as two-color or multi-frequency techniques, as well as Raman generation. She is also working on the role of high power lasers in the microcrystalline lens of the human eye, during the process of micromachining of the eye lens to cure presbyopia.

In her professional capacity, she has served as the vice-president (2011) and the president (2013) of the Optical Society and was a topical editor of the journal Optics Letters from 2004 to 2010.

Donna Strickland Nobel Prize Laureate

On 2nd October 2018, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced that they have decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 “for groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics” with one half of the $1.28-million Cdn prize going to Arthur Ashkin of the United States, and the other half  shared by Strickland of Canada and Gérard Mourou of France.

Strickland, 59, and Mourou, 74, separately helped develop short and intense laser pulses that have “opened up new areas of research and led to broad industrial and medical applications.

Strickland is the first female Nobel laureate to be named in three years and is only the third woman winning in physics: Marie Curie earned the award in 1903 and Maria Goeppert Mayer in 1963.

In a phone call with the academy after the prize announcement, Strickland said “Obviously we need to celebrate women physicists, because we’re out there. And hopefully in time it’ll start to move forward at a faster rate, maybe.”

Donna Strickland Publications

  • “A tunable mid-infrared source (16-20 μm) from an ultrafast two-color”, M. Hajialamdari, D. Strickland, Opt. Lett. 37,3570-3572, (2012)
  • “Two-color fiber amplifier for short-pulse mid-infrared Generation”, R. Romero-Alvarez, R. Pettus, Z. Wu and D. Strickland Opt. Lett. 33, 1065-1067 (2008)
  • “Anti-Stokes Enhancement of Multi-Frequency Raman Generation in a Dispersion-Matched Hollow Fibre” F.C. Turner and D. Strickland Opt. Lett. 33, 405-407 (2008)
  • “Multi-frequency parametric IR Raman generation in KGd(WO4)2 crystal with biharmonic ultrashort pulse pumping”, L. L. Losev, J. Song, J. F. Xia, Z. and D. Strickland, V. V. Brukhanov, Opt. Lett. 27, 2100-2102 (2002)
  • “Development of a dual-wavelength Ti:sapphire multi-pass amplifier and its application to intense mid-infrared generation”, J. F. Xia , J. Song, and D. Strickland, Opt. Commun. 206, 149-157 (2002)
  • “Dual wavelength chirped pulse amplification system”, Z. Zhang, A. M. Deslauriers and D. Strickland, Opt. Lett. 25, 581 (2000)

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