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Biographical

Life Donna Theo Strickland was born on May 27, 1959, in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. She studied engineering physics at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, and optics at the University of Rochester in the United States. She earned her doctorate in optics in 1989. Her PhD supervisor was Gérard Mourou, future Nobel Laureate. She worked at…

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I was born in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on July 25, 1956, misshapen after my mother’s twenty-four-hour labor and with no hair. My father called me his ‘Swan’ (until that nickname was swapped for ‘Vampira’ when I was a teenager). William Howard Arnold and Josephine Inman Routheau, both twenty-five, already had two-and-a-half-year old Bill when I…

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As a basic scientist, I have been fortunate to see my research findings translate into a powerful new potentially curative treatment strategy for cancer. The first patient I met was Sharon Belvin. I met her in 2006 at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). Jedd Wolchok, an oncologist at MSKCC, called and asked me to meet…

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‘Yesterday i had the honour of drinking coffee with Madam ’. Those were the words of my father, who was an engineer in charge of the electricity network of The Three Valleys in Savoy. He went on to say that she was a very important personality who had received the Nobel Prize. I was about…

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D Dr Denis Mukwege is a world-renowned gynaecologist, human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate from east Congo. He has become the world’s leading specialist in the treatment of wartime sexual violence and a global campaigner against the use of rape as a weapon of war. As a child Denis Mukwege accompanied his father,…

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Nadia Murad, co-recipient of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, is a leading advocate for survivors of genocide and sexual violence. Nadia’s peaceful life was brutally interrupted in 2014 when Daesh (Islamic State) attacked her homeland of Sinjar – with the intention of ethnically cleansing Iraq of all Yazidis. Like many minority groups, the Yazidis, have…

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1.Early days I was born in East Orange, New Jersey, on September 12, 1945. My father, Alan, was an actuary for Prudential Life Insurance, where he would spend most of his career. He had graduated from the University of Toronto, majoring in math and physics. Alas, I did not inherit his mathematical prowess. My mother…

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Kazuo ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan on 8th November 1954. The house he lived in for the first five years of his life had been built in the traditional Japanese style, with tatami mats and sliding shoji screens. Early photographs show Ishiguro as a baby, sitting as formally as he was then able, in…

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I remember reading this big book, The Wonders of Life on Earth, when I was eleven or twelve. It said bird migration was controlled by some kind of internal timer, some kind of clock. Some birds, it explained, use the position of the sun to orient their migration, and the clocks in their heads are…

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My parents and Germany: tough times My parents were born and raised in Germany. My mother Hilda was born in 1914 and came from a secular, quite comfortable family in Berlin. Her father, my grandfather, Magnus Sonntag had a pharmacy, which still exists today with the same name and in the same location (Marien-Apotheke, Wilhelmsaue…

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