Dr. Frances Arnold (left) and Dr. Donna Strickland (right) speaking at the 2019 IWF World Leadership Conference in Toronto
While in Toronto for the 2019 IWF World Leadership Conference, we inducted two outstanding women into our Hall of Fame: Drs. Frances Arnold and Donna Strickland. Two leading scientists, two Nobel Prize Laureates and two role models for women and girls in science.
Dr. Frances Arnold, a member of IWF Southern California, is the Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology. She won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2018, only the fifth woman to do so, for her method of creating better enzymes in the laboratory using the principles of evolution. Dr. Donna Strickland, an honorary IWF member, is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo. She received the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics for developing chirped pulse amplification with Dr. Gérard Mourou.
For this edition of In the Lead, we wanted to hear more from these accomplished experts. We asked each woman about life after winning the Nobel, new thoughts on their respective innovations, and how we can encourage more young people to take up science.