Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - A local graduate has received a Nobel Prize in Physics.
University of Rochester '89 graduate Donna Strickland was awarded the Nobel Prize on Tuesday.
Strickland received her PhD from the U or R.
The Nobel Prize was for groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics.
The award is shared with former U of R faculty member & scientist at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics Gérard Mourou.
"One of the things I think is great: Donna was a grad student when she did her work," said Jonathan Zuegel, Director of Laser Development & Engineering at the University of Rochester. "[It had a] big impact. Good ideas and hard work make a difference, so kudos to Donna and Gerard."
Last year, the Nobel Prize in Economics was awarded to a University of Rochester alumnus. Richard Thaler earned his PhD at the University of Rochester back in 1974. He also earned his Master's degree at the University of Rochester in 1970.