2013 Nobel Prize in Physics to Higgs and Englert
Britain's Peter Higgs and Belgium's François Englert win the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics for predicting the existence of the Higgs boson particle, which explains how elementary matters attained the mass to form stars and planets. Said Higgs in a statement issued by the University of Edinburgh, where he has worked for many years: ”I am overwhelmed to receive this award. ”I hope this recognition of fundamental science will help raise awareness of the value of blue-sky research."
The two scientists had been favorites to share the 8 million Swedish SEK ($1.25 million) prize after their theoretical work was vindicated by the CERN experiments.