Third woman in history to receive the Nobel Prize in physics delivers Priestman Lecture | February 2020 | President's Newsletter | UNB

Third woman in history to receive the Nobel Prize in physics delivers Priestman Lecture

Dr. Donna Strickland

UNB Fredericton welcomed Canadian Nobel laureate Dr. Donna Strickland spoke at UNB on Jan. 30 for the annual Bryan Priestman Memorial Lecture.

Dr. Strickland, a professor in the department of physics and astronomy at the University of Waterloo, became the third woman in history to receive the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2018 for developing Chirped Pulsed Amplification with her PhD supervisor, Gérard Mourou.

The research, which was originally published in 1985 when Dr. Strickland was a PhD student at the University of Rochester, paved the way for cutting-edge innovation in both industry and medicine. These advances have led to the creation of new machining techniques used in laser eye surgery and micromachining of glass used in cell phones.