Geraldine Kenney-Wallace

General Physics, Subatomic Particles, Optics, Biophysics, Theoretical Physics

Founded the first ultrafast laser laboratory at a Canadian university

Kenney-Wallace became fascinated with science when Russia launched the Sputnik satellite in 1957. She went on to study and conduct research at Oxford and London, England. Later, she traveled to Canada, where she earned her PhD at UBC in 1970. In 1974, Kenney-Wallace organized Canada’s first ultrafast laser lab at the University of Toronto, Ontario. By 1987, she had achieved time scales of 6x10-14 seconds for research on molecular motion and optoelectronics. Kenney-Wallace has also taught at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, at Yale and Stanford Universities in the United States, and has done research in Japan. Her achievements have led to many honours. She was the chair of the Science Council of Canada, is a Fellow of the Royal Society, and has received twelve honorary degrees.

Sources: Claiming the Future 1991

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