Gérard Mourou, or the “laser ace” as he is known, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday, October 2 alongside American Arthur Ashkin and Canadian Donna Strickland. All three are laser research specialists and have developed tools for use in industry and medicine.

Their discoveries “have revolutionized the field of laser physics” and created “advanced precision instruments that are opening up unexplored areas of research and a multitude of industrial and medical applications,” said the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm.

This award is yet further proof of the calibre of French researchers and the quality of their work.