Woman wins Nobel Prize in Physics in a first in 55 years

Oct 02, 2018, 7:30 AM EDT
(Source: https://www.latestly.com)
(Source: https://www.latestly.com)

The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to Arthur Ashkin of the United States, and to Gérard Mourou of France and Donna Strickland of Canada for their pioneering work to fashion powerful tools from laser light.

Ashkin invented “optical tweezers,” a sort of tool that uses highly-focused laser light to hold tiny objects steadily while Mourou and Strickland developed the method of generating high-intensity, ultrashort laser pulses, the two inventions that “revolutionized laser physics,” writes The New York Times.

Strickland, the first woman to bag Nobel Prize in Physics in 55 years and also the third ever to win the award, remarked, “We need to celebrate women physicists because we're out there,” reports CNN.