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article imageProf Higgs learns of Nobel Prize win via woman's congratulations

By Eileen Kersey     Oct 12, 2013 in Science
Oslo - Nobel Prize winning Professor Peter Higgs, now famous for being one half in name at least of the Higgs Boson or God particle, had no idea he had won a Nobel prize this week, until a woman congratulated him in the street.
Last week the Nobel Institute handed out its annual awards. On Friday the OPCW won the Nobel Peace Prize but earlier in the week, on Tuesday, Professor Peter Higgs, 84, meritus professor at the University of Edinburgh, won a Nobel prize. He and Francois Englert, from Belgium, shared the Nobel prize in physics for their work on the theory of the Higgs boson or God particle.
Seems everyone knew about his Nobel award though, except for the man himself.
Prof Higgs was returning from lunch in Edinburgh when a former neighbour pulled up in her car. She congratulated the Prof on his Nobel award, which was news to him.
BBC News reports Higgs saying "She congratulated me on the news and I said 'oh, what news?'"
The woman's daughter had called her to alert her of the Nobel win by her former neighbour. When she caught sight of him she could not resist congratulating him, not realising that he had no idea of the award.
Higgs does not own a mobile or cell phone. This means that calls to congratulate him were waiting when he arrived home.
Peter Higgs and Francois Englert, plus other physicists, in the 1960s "proposed a mechanism to explain why the most basic building blocks of the Universe have mass".
The so-called "God particle", said to give matter its substance, or mass, was proved almost 50 years later by a team from the European nuclear research facility (Cern) and its Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva, Switzerland.
At the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at Cern, in Switzerland, in 2012, science fiction became science fact. The Higgs Boson or God particle was discovered.
As Staffan Normark, permanent secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences told theBBC "This year's prize is about something small that makes all the difference."
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