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Higgs Boson Nobel Prize

October 8, 2013 by  

Higgs Boson Nobel Prize, Nearly 50 years after they proposed identical theories on how subatomic particles acquire mass, two European physicists were awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday for their conceptual research into the enigmatic Higgs particle.

Francois Englert, 80, of Belgium, and Peter W. Higgs, 84, of Britain, were awarded the prize about 15 months after scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, confirmed the particle’s existence amid great fanfare.

“The awarded theory is a central part of the Standard Model of particle physics that describes how the world is constructed,” read a statement from the Royal Academy of Sciences in Stockholm, announcing the prize. “The entire Standard Model also rests on the existence of a special kind of particle: the Higgs particle.”

Englert, of the Universite Libre de Bruxelles, and Higgs, of the University of Edinburgh, had conducted their research independently of each other, and met for the first time last year.

Another theoretical physicist, Robert Brout, had collaborated with Englert, but died in 2011.

At a news conference in Brussels on Tuesday, Englert recalled his late colleague.

“It was a very long collaboration, it was a friendship. I was with Robert until his death,” Englert said.

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