THE TWO BOFFINS who posited the existence of the Higgs boson, the so-called "god particle", have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics.
Physics professor Peter Higgs of the UK and Belgian physicist Francois Englert will share the Nobel Prize for Physics award and the £780,000 prize, which they won for "the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of sub-atomic particles".
Scientists at CERN confirmed the discovery the Higgs boson particle in July 2012 that Higgs and Englert theorised, and today they celebrated on Twitter.
The Nobel Prize committee said on Tuesday, "The Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 was awarded jointly to François Englert and Peter W. Higgs for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles.
"[This] was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the Atlas and CMS experiments at Cern's Large Hadron Collider."
Higgs, who according to Twitter has gone on holiday without his mobile phone and cannot be contacted, apparently was told the good news before he went away, and in a statement he said he was "overwhelmed" by the win.
"I would also like to congratulate all those who have contributed to the discovery of this new particle and to thank my family, friends and colleagues for their support.
"I hope this recognition of fundamental science will help raise awareness of the value of blue-sky research." µ
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