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Donna Theo Strickland

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Dates

1959 – present

Authorized Form of Name

Strickland, Donna Theo, 1959-

Biography

Abstract

Donna Strickland is the third woman to win the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2018 with Gerard Mourou "for their method of generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses." She obtained a Doctorate in Physics from the University of Rochester where she and Gerard Mourou published their seminal paper on chirped pulse amplification. Strickland has worked at the National Research Council of Canada, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and currently at the University of Waterloo.

Important Dates

1959Birth, Guelph (Ont.).

1981Obtained B.Eng degree in Engineering Physics, McMaster University, Hamilton (Ont.).

1988 – 1991Research Associate, National Research Council of Canada.

1989Obtained PhD in Physics specializing in Optics, University of Rochester, Rochester (N.Y.).

1992Physicist, Laser Division, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

1992 – 1997Technical Staff, Advanced Technology Center for Photonics and Optoelectronic Materials, Princeton University, Princeton (N.J.).

1997 – presentAssistant Professor of Physics (1997-2002); Associate Professor of Physics (2002-present); and Associate Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy (2007-present), University of Waterloo, Waterloo (Ont.).

1998Awarded Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship.

1999Awarded Premier's Research Excellence Award.

2000Awarded Cottrell Scholars Award from Research Corporation.

2004 – 2010Topical editor, "Optics Letters".

2005 – 2007Director at Large, Board of Directors, OSA.

2008Fellow, Optical Society of America (OSA).

2008 – 2011OSA-appointed representative, International Commission for Optics (ICO) Board.

2011 – 2014Vice President (2011); President (2013); and Board of Directors (2014), OSA.

2018Awarded Nobel Prize in Physics with Gerard Mourou "for their method of generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses".

Occupation

High-intensity laser systems and nonlinear optics physicist.

Places

Birth

Guelph (Ont.)

Undergraduate Education

Hamilton (Ont.)

Graduate Education

Rochester (N.Y.)

Employment

Princeton (N.J.)

Waterloo (Ont.)

Subjects

Lasers.

Nonlinear optics.

Relationships

People

Advisors & Collaborators

Mourou, Gerard

PhD advisor at University of Rochester and shared the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics "for their method of generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses."

Additional

Ashkin, Arthur, 1922-

Both awarded 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics for separate projects.

Institutions

Major Positions

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Physicist, Laser Division.

National Research Council of Canada

Research Associate.

Princeton University

Technical Staff, Advanced Technology Center for Photonics and Optoelectronic Materials.

University of Waterloo

Assistant Professor; Associate Professor; and Associate Chair.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Awarded 1998 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship.

International Commission for Optics

OSA-appointed representative.

McMaster University

Obtained B.Eng in Engineering Physics (1981).

Optical Society of America

Topical editor, "Optics Letters;" Director at Large, Board of Directors; Fellow; Vice President; and President.

University of Rochester. Department of Physics and Astronomy

Obtained PhD in Physics specializing in Optics (1989).

Resources

Published Resources

Subject

Donna Strickland University of Waterloo faculty webpage.

Donna T. Strickland OSA Awards biography.