Nobel-winning ‘God particle’ physicist Peter Higgs dies aged 94 | EUROtoday

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British physicist Peter Higgs, whose concept of a mass-giving particle – the so-called Higgs boson – collectively earned him the Nobel Prize for Physics, has died aged 94, the University of Edinburgh introduced on Tuesday.

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“He passed away peacefully at home on Monday 8 April following a short illness,” the Scottish college, the place he had been a professor for almost 5 many years, stated in an announcement.

It referred to as him “a great teacher and mentor, inspiring generations of young scientists”.

“His family has asked that the media and public respect their privacy at this time,” the college added.

Higgs used ground-breaking theoretical work to assist clarify how the Universe has mass, thus resolving one of many biggest puzzles in physics and incomes him a spot alongside Albert Einstein and Max Planck in textbooks.

His 1964 concept of a mass-giving particle, which turned often known as the Higgs boson or the “God particle”, received him and Belgian physicist Francois Englert the 2013 physics Nobel Prize.

That adopted experiments on the Large Hadron Collider on the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) lastly confirming the idea the earlier yr, almost half a century on.

“Peter Higgs was a remarkable individual -– a truly gifted scientist whose vision and imagination have enriched our knowledge of the world that surrounds us,” Peter Mathieson, Vice Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, stated.

“His pioneering work has motivated thousands of scientists, and his legacy will continue to inspire many more for generations to come.”