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Nobel physics prize won by first woman in 55 years

By Lucia Binding, news reporter
A Canadian woman has won the Nobel Prize in Physics for the first time in 55 years.
Donna Strickland is the first female Nobel laureate to be named in three years, and only the third woman ever to win the physics prize.
Marie Curie was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903, followed by Maria Goeppert-Mayer in 1963.Dr Strickland shares this year's prize with Arthur Ashkin from the US, and Gerard Mourou from France.It recognises their discoveries in the field of laser physics - with Dr Ashkin developing a laser technique described as "optical tweezers" that can grab tiny particles such as viruses without damaging them.Dr Strickland and Dr Mourou helped to develop short and intense laser pulses that have broad industrial and medical applications."Obviously we need to celebrate women physicists, because we're out there. And hopefully in time it'll start to move forward at a faster rate, maybe," Dr Strickland said.
Nobel physics prize won by first woman in 55 years

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Marie Curie was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903
The associate professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department at Canada's University of Waterloo has spent much of her life studying and teaching physics, and describes her research as "fun".
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