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Gérard Mourou received his Nobel Prize in Physics in Stockholm

Last week, Gérard Mourou, Professor at École Polytechnique, received his Nobel Prize in Physics from the Royal Swedish Academy from the hands of His Majesty the King of Sweden himself, in presence of Eric Labaye, President of École Polytechnique.

© Nobel Media. Photo: Alexander Mahmoud

“Sunlight is essential to life on Earth, and we are getting better and better at harnessing its energy. We also use light in many other ways, today often employing a laser as the light source. This year’s Nobel Prize in Physics honours two inventions in laser physics that have led to pathbreaking new ways of using light. These methods have given us light-based tools with applications in medicine and other fields.” said Professor Anders Irbäck, Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

The entire École Polytechnique community is very proud of this great achievement from one of its own professors and salutes the outstanding work of Gérard Mourou, Donna Strickland, and Arthur Ashkin for their exceptional contribution to scientific innovation.