One notable aspect, already much-remarked upon, is that one of the recipients, Donna Strickland (Waterloo), is the first woman to get a Nobel Physics Prize in more than a half century! Less-remarked upon, but also striking, is that she is only an "Associate Professor" in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo. Two questions: has someone not at the full professor rank ever gotten a Nobel Prize (at least where such a rank was relevant)? And why is she not a full professor? From her Google Scholar page, she seems to have had a steady stream of publications, though her most-cited piece, from 1985, was co-authored with her teacher, Gerard Mourou, who also shared in the Prize. Any readers with insights on either point?
ADDENDUM: I note that her last article to get a significant number of citations was in 1994, although she has published many articles since then. Is that an indicator of anything in physics?