Only 3 percent of these prizes have gone to women since 1901.
Progress has been made toward gender parity in science fields. But explicit and implicit barriers still hold women back from advancing in the same numbers as men to the upper reaches of STEM academia.
Noble Prize winner Donna Strickland, right, is followed by media to her lab in Waterloo, Ont., on Oct. 2, 2018. Strickland is among three physicists who were awarded the prize for groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics.
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What Strickland achieved is impressive. But it isn’t a sign that the patriarchy is being smashed.
Using lasers to trap and move particles changed the way we're able to study microscopic life.
The 2018 Nobel Prize for physics recognized discoveries that can make more powerful lasers.
The Nobel Prize for physics was awarded to three scientists for the inventions of optical tweezers – in which two laser beams can hold a tiny object – and a method for creating powerful lasers.
Alfred Nobel didn’t foresee the current era of mega scientific collaboration.
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Today's scientific research is characterized by interdisciplinary, international collaboration. Awards like the Nobel Prizes haven't caught up.
An illustration of the collision of two black holes, an event detected for the first time ever by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO).
The SXS (Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes) Project
The 2017 Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded to scientists who helped pioneer the discovery of gravitational waves. Australia is playing an important role in gravitational-wave astronomy.
The Chalk River Laboratories in 2012. Canada’s role as a world leader in neutron-scattering is at risk because of a failure to invest in infrastructure renewal at the facility.
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Canada is a world leader in the field of neutron scattering, winning a Nobel Prize in 1994 for its invention. But the looming shutdown of facilities at Chalk River puts us on the sidelines.
The future’s so bright …
When technologies let us down, they tend to be forgotten. There's a very good reason why this should be resisted.
Refugees try to warm themselves with a fire at a refugee camp at the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
What a Nobel prize-winning physicist can teach us about about trying to deal with the current global crisis over asylum seekers and refugees.
The two Nobel Prize laureates.
This time the pundits were right. The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics was indeed awarded to the discovery of the Higgs boson…
Spelling out the end?
The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to François Englert and Peter Higgs for their work that explains why subatomic particles have mass. They predicted the existence of the Higgs boson, a fundamental…
The Nobel Prize is not scratch-proof.
When physicist Richard Feynman was asked which now-deceased person from history he would most like to speak with, and what he would say, he said: “My father. I would tell him that I won the Nobel Prize…