Why Nobel winner Donna Strickland didn’t have a Wikipedia page


#TIA – There are two ways to read this story. One is to bewail the world’s ignorance of this Nobel winner. The other is to celebrate all the unsung heroes everywhere. 

“On Oct. 2, when Donna Strickland won a Nobel Prize in physics — the committee recognized her work on a method of generating laser beams with ultrashort pulses — she was only the third woman in history to do so. That day, she finally got a Wikipedia page of her own.

The long delay was not for lack of trying. Last May, an editor had rejected a submitted entry on Strickland, saying the subject did not meet Wikipedia’s notability requirement. Strickland’s biography went up shortly after her award was announced. If you click on the “history” tab to view the page’s edits, you can replay the process of a woman scientist finally gaining widespread recognition, in real time.”

Read more at The Washington Post