Donna Strickland


Nobel Prize Conversations

“I knew I belonged in school and wanted to get a PhD. Before I even knew what it was, I knew I belonged”

From very early on, 2018 physics laureate Donna Strickland knew she wanted to get a PhD. She didn’t know what it was but if it was the ultimate in education she was going to get it. In this conversation, conducted in February 2021, you get the chance to meet Donna Strickland. Besides her childhood dream of a PhD, topics such as dealing with failure, being a woman in science and being awarded the Nobel Prize are up for discussion.

The host of this podcast is’s Adam Smith.

Nobel Prize Conversations was produced with the support of 3M, ABB, Ericsson and Scania.

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