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Biography

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Published as Subject

Gerard Mourou

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Dates

1944 – present

Authorized Form of Name

Mourou, Gerard

Additional Forms of Names

Mourou, G., Gerard

Mourou, G. A.

Mourou, Gerard, 1944-

Mourou, Gérard

Mourou, Gerard Albert

Biography

Abstract

Gerard Mourou is the winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work with Donna Strickland "for their method of generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses." Mourou is a founding Director of the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science at the University of Michigan and is currently also a professor at École polytechnique in Palaiseau, France.

Important Dates

1944Birth, France.

1967Obtained undergraduate degree, University of Grenoble (Université de Grenoble), Grenoble (France).

circa 1973Postdoctoral researcher, University of California, San Diego.

1973Obtained PhD, University of Paris VI (Université Pierre et Marie Curie), Paris (France).

circa 1974 – circa 1977Staff, École polytechnique de Paris.

circa 1980sStaff, Laboratory for Laser Energetics and Professor, Optical Institute (1987), University of Rochester.

circa 1988 – presentFounding Director (1990), Center for Ultrafast Optical Science and A. D. Moore Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan.

1995Awarded R. W. Wood Prize, Optical Society of America (OSA).

1997Awarded Harold E. Edgerton Award, SPIE.

2004Awarded LEOS Quantum Electronics Award, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

2005Initiator, Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI).

2009Awarded Charles Hard Townes Medal, OSA.

2016Awarded Frederic Ives Medal / Jarus W. Quinn Prize, OSA.

CurrentlyProfessor Haut-Collége, École Polytechnique, Palaiseau (France).

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

2018Awarded Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science, American Physical Society.

Occupation

Electrical engineer and laser physicist.

Places

Birth

France

Undergraduate Education

Grenoble (France)

Graduate Education

Paris (France)

Employment

Rochester (N.Y.)

Ann Arbor (Mich.)

Palaiseau (France)

Subjects

Electrical engineering.

Lasers.

Optics.

Relationships

People

Advisors & Collaborators

Strickland, Donna Theo, 1959-

Advised by Mourou 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

Ecole polytechnique (France)

Staff and Professor Haut-Collége.

Extreme Light Infrastructure (Project)

Initiator.

University of Michigan. Department of Physics

Founding Director, Center for Ultrafast Optical Science and A. D. Moore Distinguished University Professor Emeritus.

University of Rochester. Department of Physics and Astronomy

Staff, Laboratory for Laser Energetics and Professor, Optical Institute.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Physical Society

Awarded 2018 Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Awarded 2004 IEEE/LEOS Quantum Electronics Award.

Optical Society of America

Awarded 1995 R. W. Wood Prize; 2009 Charles Hard Townes Medal; 2016 Frederic Ives Medal / Jarus W. Quinn Prize; and Fellow.

SPIE

Awarded 1997 Harold E. Edgerton Award.

Université de Grenoble

Obtained undergraduate degree (1967).

Université Pierre et Marie Curie

Obtained PhD (1973).

Resources

Published Resources

Subject

Gérard Mourou American Physical Society Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science Award biography webpage.

Gérard Mourou OSA Awards biography webpage.

Gerard Mourou University of Michigan faculty webpage.