Professor Emeritus Gerard Mourou from UofM wins 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics

Submitted by Michigan_Caltech on October 2nd, 2018 at 9:09 AM

For his contribution to generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses. Article has more details. While we're all proud of Michigan Athletics, it's faculty and academic accomplishments like this that are really the Michigan difference. Go Blue!!






October 2nd, 2018 at 9:44 AM ^

This demonstrates why this university is so damn special. We can a football game on Saturday, and advance the cause of physics to improve the world on every other day of the week. Way to Go Blue Dr. Mourou. My pulse rate just quickened with news of the award. Not to mention the money that goes with it.


October 2nd, 2018 at 10:40 AM ^

The Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (CUOS) is where the initial work for Intralase was done, so all of you having all laser LASIK done can thank Prof Mourou for paving the way.

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October 2nd, 2018 at 11:43 AM ^

Let's not leave out Donna Strickland, who was under Mourou's tutelage as a PhD student when they discovered this. She shared the award with Dr. Mourou and is only the third woman to ever win a Nobel prize in Physics. The others are Marie Curie in 1903 and Maria Goeppert-Mayer in 1963. 

At this rate, we should have another female winner in another 6 decades...

Fun fact - as I was looking through the list of Nobel Laureates, I found that there is a guy named Polykarp Kusch who won in 1955. That right there is ALL NAME material. 


October 2nd, 2018 at 3:50 PM ^

I had him for Intro to Semiconductor Devices years ago.  He would do review sessions at 9am on Saturdays, which I hated at the time.  Looking back though, it's pretty cool to have had the opportunity to take a class from a Nobel Laureate.