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Indian origin physicist Tejinder Virdee honoured knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II

Jun 16, 2014 13:16 IST

Indian origin physicist Tejinder Virdee on 14 June 2014 was honoured knighthood Bachelor by Queen Elizabeth II. He was awarded for his work on the Higgs Boson theory.

Tejinder Virdee was accorded a Knight Bachelor for his services to science in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. List was released to mark the Queen's official birthday.

Professor Virdee is one of the creators of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) Experiment. The CMS experiment is a part of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva.

He has delivered seminal results in particle physics, including the groundbreaking discovery of the Higgs Boson, or the God particle, a particle that gives mass to other particles.

Beyond his innovative work in particle physics, he is also a great campaigner for science, and promoter of science and education in Africa and India.

About Tajinder Virdee

Sir Tejinder Singh Virdee is an experimental physicist and Professor of Physics at Imperial College London. He is best known for originating the concept of CMS.

CMS is a world-wide collaboration which was started in 1991 and now has over 3000 participants from 38 countries.


•    In 2007 he was awarded the IOP High Energy Physics Prize

•    In 2009 he was awarded the 2009 IOP Chadwick Medal and Prize

•    In 2012 he was awarded the Special Fundamental Physics Prize

•    In 2013 he was awarded the European Physical Society High Energy Physics Prize
About Queen's Birthday Honours List 2014

Birthday Honours are accorded by the king/queen of the Britain. It is a part of the celebration of the ruling monarch's official birthday.

The award was inintiated since from 9 November 1901, the birthday of King Edward VII. After 1908 the monarch's official birthday was moved to the first, second or third Saturday in June (for the UK).

The 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours List includes 1149 people around the UK.

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