Peter Higgs, the retired Edinburgh professor whose work has changed physics, has received a unique honour from Scotland’s national academy, the RSE.
At the annual statutory meeting of the RSE yesterday evening, Professor Higgs FRS FRSE was awarded a specially-commissioned medal in recognition of his outstanding work that led to the recent announcement by scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN of the discovery of a Higgs-like boson.
Professor Higgs, based at the University of Edinburgh from 1960 until his retirement in 1996, has had an enormous impact on the world of physics. In 1964 he proposed a mechanism through which the fundamental particles, the building blocks of all matter, attain their mass, predicting the existence of the ‘Higgs field’ and consequently of a particle with particular properties and behaviours that underpins the physical fabric of the universe: the Higgs boson.
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