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Peter Higgs and Francois Englert win 2013 Nobel Prize for Physics

Professor Peter Higgs, the scientist who gave his name to the Higgs boson particle, has jointly won the Nobel Prize in physics.

 

Prof. Higgs of Edinburgh University shares the prize with Francois Englert of  the Free University of Brussels for their work in the "theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles".

The mechanism predicts a particle - the Higgs boson - which was discovered by a team from the European nuclear research facility (Cern) in Geneva, Switzerland, last year.

In a statement released through Edinburgh University, where Higgs is an emeritus professor, he said: "I am overwhelmed to receive this award and thank the Royal Swedish Academy.

"I would also like to congratulate all those who have contributed to the discovery of this new particle and to thank my family, friends and colleagues for their support. I hope this recognition of fundamental science will help raise awareness of the value of blue-sky research."

The announcement was made at a Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences ceremony in Stockholm.

The awards were set up by businessman Alfred Nobel and were first given out in 1901 to honor achievements in science, literature and peace.

Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea, principal of the University of Edinburgh, said: "We are delighted at the news of this Nobel Prize award and congratulate Professor Peter Higgs on his achievement.

"The discovery of the Higgs particle will underpin the next generation of physics research, and this accolade is worthy recognition of its significance. Professor Higgs' work will continue to inspire scientists at Edinburgh and beyond."

In March, Professor Higgs was given the Edinburgh Medal at a ceremony in the Scottish capital to recognise his significant contributions to the field of science and technology. Previous recipients have included three Nobel Prize winners.

He was also made a Companion of Honour in the New Year Honours list and the Higgs Prize was set up by the Scottish Government to recognise school pupils who excel in physics.

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October 8, 2013 -- Physicists Francois Englert of Belgium and Peter Higgs of Britain have won the 2013 Nobel Prize in physics. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences cited the two scientists for the “theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles”. Graphic shows recent winners of the Nobel Prize for Physics.

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