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A stark reminder that physics still struggles with its gender problem

Well-publicised comments from a former researcher at CERN show the barriers and prejudice women still face

By Philip Ball  

Pierre and Marie Curie in the laboratory. Marie shared the Nobel in 1903 only because her husband Pierre insisted

The award of last year’s Nobel prize in physics to Donna Strickland of the University of Waterloo in Canada for her work on laser science was a reminder that physics, even more than most other sciences, has a gender problem. Strickland was only the third woman to receive a physics Nobel, after Marie Curie in 1903 and nuclear scientist Maria Goeppert Mayer in 1963.


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