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UNESCO congratulates Donna Strickland, Nobel Prize winner in Physics

October 04, 2018

Donna Strickland is the first woman awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 55 years.

On Tuesday, 2 October, Canadian physicist Donna Strickland became the first woman in 55 years to win the Nobel Prize in Physics, and the third woman ever. Strickland received the prize for her work on chirped pulse amplification, a technique to amplify laser pulses. She was awarded the prize together with her colleagues Arthur Ashkin and Gerard Mourou. 

In recognition of this landmark accomplishment and its implications for women in science generally, UNESCO issued a statement to acknowledge Strickland:

"The recognition of Donna Strickland should be an encouraging sign for all women in science and more widely for diversity that fosters innovation,” said UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay in the statement. "Because great diversity fosters greater innovation, we need ever more brilliant minds to get involved in science, new technologies and innovation to tackle the complex challenges of the 21st Century."

To read the full statement from UNESCO and learn more about UNESCO's programmes to address gender bias in science, see the press release on the UNESCO website.