HOLMDEL, NJ - There are moments in life when an event or an announcement stops you in your tracks. Holmdel just had one. Arthur Ashkin of Rumson has won a Nobel Prize for his groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics.

For former graduates of Holmdel Schools, there is another connection. His wife may have been your Chemistry teacher! Mrs. Ashkin taught Chemistry in Holmdel Schools for fourteen years. So, not only does the #metroburb at Bell Works (where he worked at Bell Labs for decades) share a famous history with Arthur Ashkin, this living genius' wife is a former Holmdel Chemistry teacher. That must have been one heck of a midterm exam.

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 was awarded "for groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics" with one half to Arthur Ashkin "for the optical tweezers and their application to biological systems", the other half jointly to Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland "for their method of generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses"

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His Alma Mater of Cornell provide detail in to his body of work. For a detailed background of Dr. Askin check out Edubilla