Stephen: The first Nobel Physics winner in 55 years is Canadian

Canadian Donna Strickland became the first woman in 55 years to win the Nobel Prize for Physics on Tuesday–and if that’s not cool enough, she’s known as a “laser jock” who fashioned “tools made of light.” The Washington Post reports that Strickland, who works at the University of Waterloo in Ontario and is one of three Nobel winners in physics this year, “paved the way for the most intense laser beams ever created by humans via a technique that stretches and then amplifies the light beam.” In 2010, Strickland said in an interview that she calls herself a “laser jock” to make her profession seem fun. “The most fun part of my day is when I get to play with my lasers,” she said. “I’ve been doing this a long time and I still think it’s fun.” When asked on Tuesday what it felt like to be only the third woman ever to win a Nobel Prize for Physics, Strickland said, “Really? Is that all? I thought there might have been more.” She then joked that she initially thought it was a “cruel prank.”

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