Gérard Mourou, Nobel Prize in Physics 2018, Guest of Honor at the FACC-Michigan Annual Gala
Consul General Lacroix with Professor Gérard Mourou and his wife Marcelle.
The 2019 Gala & Award Ceremony of the French-American Chamber of Commerce - Michigan Chapter celebrated French scientist Gérard Mourou, 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics, whose work has revolutionized the field of laser technologies.
For forty years, Professor Mourou has pioneered the field of ultrafast lasers and their applications in scientific, engineering and medical disciplines.
With his student Donna Strickland, he is the inventor of the Chirped Pulses Amplification (CPA) technique, which has made possible to cut or drill holes in materials and living matter with incredible precision. The technology they pioneered has led to corrective eye operations for millions of people. He is also the initiator of the Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) in Europe.
Gérard Mourou was born in Albertville, France. He studied physics at the University of Grenoble and then at the Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie in Paris, where he earned his PhD in 1973. He later moved to the United States and became a professor at the University of Rochester. He subsequently worked at the École Polytechnique in Paris and the University of Michigan where he is the founding Director of the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science.
Gérard Mourou was awarded the 2018 prize jointly with Donna Strickland. They share the award with Arthur Ashkin for developing "optical tweezers."