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Anne L’Huillier
2023 Nobel Prize Winner in Physics

Anne L’Huillier was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics and is the  fourth woman to win a Nobel Prize in 2023. She shares the prize with Pierre Agostini and Ferenc Krausz. She is a professor of atomic physics at Lund University in Sweden.

The French pronunciation of L’Huillier is Lou we⸍ lee A while the American pronunciation is Lou we⸍ lee er. She and the other two physicists received the award for “experimental methods that generate attosecond pulses of light for the study of electron dynamics in matter.” I had to quote from the Unesco post because I don’t understand a word of it.

Unesco adds that in 2011 L’Huillier won the L’Oreal-Unesco for Women in Science International award for developing the world’s fastest camera to record events in attoseconds, which are a billionth of a billionth of a second. The New York Times explains that electrons move at 43 miles a second. The experimental technique the physicists created uses short light pulses to capture an electron’s movement at a single moment in time.


Born – August 16, 1958 in Paris
1980 – bachelor’s degree in mathematics from École normale supérieure in Fontenay-aux-Roses, a suburb of Paris
Earned a double master’s degree in theoretical physics and mathematics
1986 – doctorate degree in experimental physics from Pierre and Marie Curie University


1986 – Chalmers Institute of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden; permanent position as a researcher at Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique at Saclay
1988  –  University of Southern California, researcher
1993  –  Visiting scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California
1994  –  Moved to Sweden  1995  – Associate professor, Lund University, Lund, Sweden
1997-present – Professor of physics, Lund University
2004 – Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Personal life
Married to Claes-Göran Wahlström, a physicist at Lund University.
The couple has two children, but no information is available about them.

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  1. Judith J Jadron says:

    Speaking of electrons and making waves, Anne L’Huillier, 2023 Nobel Prize Winner in Physics, moves around the Western World at a rapid, but imaginable speed, distinguishing herself for capturing the electron’s movements at an unimaginable pace!
    Her genius, curiosity and unswerving dedication together contribute to her brilliant success.
    Brava, Atomic Physics Prof. L’Huillier!

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