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16 Jul

Renowned Physicist Prof Peter Higgs has been rewarded the Nobel Prize for his contribution in Science with his sensational research and findings. Sweden’s King Carl Gustav was the one who gladly presented the award to Prof Higgs at the Stockholm Concert Hall. The Edinburgh University emeritus professor shared this year’s physics prize with Francois Englert for work on the theory of the Higgs boson.

Their work dates back to 1960s where the duo was amongst those physicists who proposed a mechanism to explain why the most basic building blocks of the Universe have mass. Prof Higgs was serving at Edinburgh University when he conceived the theory. The co-designed mechanism helped predict a particle. This was called ‘The Higgs Boson’. It was finally discovered in 2012 at the Large Hadron Collider on the French-Swiss border.

However the announcement of the Nobel Prize stirred a controversy in recent past as the work for which he was bestowed with the honor also had the contribution from several other physicists. The team apart from Prof. Higgs included Robert Brout (who is now deceased), Gerald Guralnik, Carl Hagen and Tom Kibble

Blog by Syed Danish Zia (B.Tech)