"I'm so damn proud of her", Lemieux said of Strickland.
"It's kind of mind boggling, isn't it?" "I'm honored to be one of those women", she said.
They include the first female physics prize victor in 55 years.
The verdict came at the start of Nobel prize week, shortly before the award for medicine was announced. Marie Curie, who researched radioactive substances and remains the only woman to win two Nobel prizes, won the prize for physics in 1903. "It is also quite delicious that this comes just a few days after certain controversial and misogynistic comments were made at a conference at Cern about women in physics". "I am very, very happy to share this distinction with my former student Donna Strickland and also to share it with Art Ashkin, for whom I have a lot of respect".
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Reacting to her win, Dr Strickland, who is based at the University of Waterloo in Canada, said: "First of all you have to think it's insane, so that was my first thought". "It will keep improving, hopefully".
Jessica Wade, a physicist at Imperial College London who was at the CERN event and unhappy about Strumia's comments, said having a female Nobel victor was also important given the current fight over US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who is facing sexual misconduct allegations.
Strickland noted she has not personally experienced fundamental inequality and believes the field is ready to give women a more prominent place.
The three winners will share the 9 million krona prize. "We'll find some way to celebrate together", she says. Their revolutionary article was published in 1985 and was the foundation of Strickland's doctoral thesis. He said that he never dreamed that his research would take the direction it has.
"I've been doing this a long time, and I still think it's fun".
This, along with accusations of conflict of interest and the leaking of Nobel winners' names, is said to have divided the Academy and sparked a wave of resignations - including by Ms Frostenson and the Academy's head, Prof Sara Danius.
Half of the prize money - worth nine million Swedish kronor ($1m or £770,000) - will go to Arthur Ashkin, a retired physicist who was the first to invent "optical tweezers" whilst working at Bell Labs.
The news was announced this morning (2 October) by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and was "focused" on the major breakthroughs achieved in the field of laser physics, putting extremely small objects and incredibly fast processes in an entirely new light.
Mourou and Strickland are being recognized for their work on high-intensity lasers.
Mourou had been Strickland's PhD supervisor and said he was thrilled at the win.
Arthur Ashkin was awarded the prestigious prize for the optical tweezers and their application to biological systems.
Asked what she would tell herself at that age, she said: "Hang on for the ride". "That's pretty much the way I always think". It's been an excellent ride.