Former UR researchers awarded Nobel Prize

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Two former researchers at the University of Rochester have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.

The two researchers, Dr. Donna Strickland, who received her PhD from the U of R in 1989, and Dr. Gérard Mourou, who worked in the school’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics, received the honor on Tuesday.

The pair was recognized for their innovations in “generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses” while at the University of Rochester. The university says their discovery is used in Lasik eye surgery and the production of smart phones.

Dr. Strickland is just the third woman to receive the Nobel Prize for Physics.

Arthur Ashkin was also honored Tuesday for his work in laser physics.

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