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Peter Higgs Honoured for Contribution of Origin of Mass of Subatomic Particles

Oct 9, 2013 11:32 IST

Peter Higgs, United Kingdom and Francois Englert, Belgium jointly awarded Nobel Prize for Physics 2013 on 8 October 2013.

Why Peter Higgs got Noble Prize?

For his contribution of the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider.

About Peter Ware Higgs

Date and Place of Birth
He was born on 29 May 1929 at Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumbria, United Kingdom.

University Education

• King’s College, University of London 1947-1954

Degrees:
• BSc (First Class Honours) in Physics 1950
• MSc 1951
• PhD 1954

Professional Career
• Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Senior Student– King’s College London 1953-1954 and University of Edinburgh 1954-1955
• Senior Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh 1955-1956
• ICI Research Fellow, University of London– University College 1956-1957 and Imperial College 1957-Dec ember 1958.
• Temporary Lectureship in Mathematics, University College Jan 1959-1960.
• Lecturer in Mathematical Physics, University of Edinburgh 1960-1970.
• Reader in Mathematical Physics, University of Edinburgh 1970-1980
• Professor of Theoretical Physics, University of Edinburgh 1980-1996
• He worked as Professor Emeritus, University of Edinburgh .

Fellowships
• Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE) 1974
• Fellow of the Royal Society, London (FRS) 1983
• Fellow of the Institute Of Physics (FInstP) 1991
• Fellow of the King's College London 1998
• Honorary Fellow of the Institute Of Physics 1999
• Honorary Fellow of the Royal Scottish Society of Arts 2013
• Honorary Member of the Saltire Society 2013

Prizes

• Hughes Medal, Royal Society (with T W B Kibble) 1981
• Rutherford Medal, Institute of Physics (with T W B Kibble) 1984
• Scottish Science Award, Saltire Society and Royal Bank of Scotland 1990
• James Scott Prize Lectureship, Royal Society of Edinburgh (delivered April 1995) 1993
• Paul Dirac Medal and Prize, Institute of Physics 1997
• High Energy and Particle Physics Prize, European Physical Society (with R Brout, F Englert) 1997
• Royal Medal, Royal Society of Edinburgh 2000
• Wolf Prize in Physics (with R Brout and F Englert) 2004
• Oskar Klein Memorial Lecture and Medal, Stockholm Academy of Sciences 2009
• J J Sakurai Prize, American Physical Society (with R Brout, F Englert, G S Guralnik, C R Hagen and T W B Kibble) 2010
• Higgs Medal, Royal Society of Edinburgh 2012
• Nonino Prize 'Man of Our Time' Prize 2013
• Edinburgh Medal of the Edinburgh International Science Festival (with CERN) 2013
• Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Researchl (with F Englert and CERN) 2013
• He received Noble Prize in 2013 for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles.

Other Awards

• Freedom of the City of Bristol 2013.

Peter Higgs and Francois Englert won the Nobel Prize for Physics 2013

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