Nobel winner: women physicists are ‘out there’

Nobel winner: women physicists are ‘out there’

Nobel winner: women physicists are ‘out there’

A Jewish scientist has been awarded the Nobel Prize for physics alongside two other academics, recognised for advances in laser technology.

While Ashkin's optical tweezers may sound stranger than science fiction, they make it possible for scientists to hold, observe and move tiny objects with "laser beam fingers".

Photo taken on October 2, 2018 shows a screen displaying the portraits of three awarded scientists Arthur Ashkin (L) of U.S., Gerard Mourou (C) of France and Donna Strickland of Canada, for the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics during a press conference at the Royal Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, Sweden.

There were also lighter moments at Strickland's news conference, including when university president Feridun Hamdullahpur was asked whether Strickland's win was enough to vault her to the position of a full professor - he said there was a process for all to follow. The technique they developed opened up new areas of research and led to broad industrial and medical applications. The interesting thing about Ashkin's tool (Apart from the fact that it is made of frigging light!) is that it can be used to reach right inside a cell without damaging the living systems.

A 2011 profile on the University of Waterloo web site says Strickland described herself as a "laser jock" who enjoyed the competitive rush, and was working on creating the shortest laser pulse with the biggest punch.

The Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to Canadian physicist Dr. Donna Strickland, making her the first woman to win the award in 55 years and only the third woman in history.

"Dr. Donna Strickland, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at #UWaterloo, is one of three scientists to win this year's Nobel Prize in Physics".

On top of that, Arnault also has been suspected of violating century-old Nobel rules by leaking names of winners of the prestigious award - allegedly seven times, starting in 1996. The high-intensity lasers are now used in eye surgeries, data storage and to investigate subatomic particles at resolutions never before realized. The technique boosts the power of a pulse of laser light.

"The inventions being honored this year have revolutionized laser physics".

Strickland is the first female Nobel laureate in any field in three years.

"I had given up", Ashkin said, sitting on a couch in his Rumson, New Jersey, living room.

"Sometimes people are looking in their own echo chamber, but the excuse of 'oh, we couldn't find any women (to reward)' doesn't wash anymore".

Arnault is married to poet Katarina Frostenson, a member of the Swedish Academy which awards the Nobel Literature Prize.

Further, James Allison was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize for Medicine.

96-year-old American physicist Ashkin has become the oldest Nobel Prize laureate ever after this announcement, thanks to his work on the manipulation of microparticles starting back in the late 1960s.

She cited institutional issues that have made it more hard for women to advance their careers, mentioning maternity leave, which can take women out of the workplace for months or years at a time, as one example.

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