The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics … The ultimate scientific accolade.
And Professor Donna Strickland is only the third woman ever to have won a Nobel Prize in physics.
She and her fellow winners were honoured for what the Nobel Committee called ground-breaking inventions in laser physics.
Professor Strickland devised a way to use lasers as very precise drilling or cutting tools.
Millions of eye operations are performed every year with these sharpest of laser beams.
How surprising do you think it is that youre the third woman to win this prize?
Well that is surprising, isnt it?
I think thats the story that people want to talk about - that why should it take 60 years?
There are so many women out there doing fantastic research, so why does it take so long to get recognised?
Physics still has one of the largest gender gaps in science.
One recent study concluded that at the current rates
it would be more than two centuries until there were equal numbers of senior male and female researchers in the field.
The last woman to win a physics Nobel was German-born Maria Goeppert-Mayer in 1963 for her discoveries about the nuclei of atoms.
Before that it was Marie Curie, who shared the 1903 prize with her husband, Pierre.
This years winners hope that breaking this half century hiatus will mean the focus in future will be on the research
rather than the gender of the researcher.