A University of Waterloo researcher was one of the Nobel Prize winners in physics, several years ago.
Donna Strickland told the media that the path to the Nobel Prize started with a high school decision four decades ago, when a description of a McMaster University program on lasers caught her eye.That produced a gut-level feeling that the versatile laser beams were not only useful, but supremely cool. “I just wanted to do something fun.” She describes herself as a “laser jock.” Dr. Strickland is one of just three women in history to win the Nobel for physics after Marie Curie in 1903 and Maria Goeppert-Mayer in 1963.
Other than what I read in the media about Strickland, I know absolutely nothing. I’d love to hear more about her discernment around that gut feeling that helped establish the path for her life. I